Last year, Prince Harry was the most popular member of the Royal Family after the Queen.

This year, he has been voted Britain's coolest young royal, receiving 42% of the votes.

Harry celebrates his 24th birthday tomorrow. He is currently with his army regiment The Blues and Royals in Canada.

Prince Harry voted 'Britain's coolest young royal' on 24th birthday

Prince Harry has celebrated his 24th birthday with the accolade of being named Britain's coolest young royal.

By Aislinn Simpson
14 Sep 2008
The Telegraph

Prince Harry will celebrate his 24th birthday on regimental duties in Canada
Photo: PA

The third in line to the throne beat his cousin Zara Phillips, brother Prince William and other relatives Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to the coveted title.

Voters cited his recent service, as a Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals, in Afghanistan, his African charity work and his involvement with the glamorous South African Chelsy Davies as reasons for his appeal.

The Prince spent 10 weeks in Helmand Province last Christmas, working as a tactical air controller - calling up allied air cover in support of ground forces - and mounting foot patrols.

But the deployment was cut short when a media blackout on reporting the news was broken by a website.

He has talked about his desire to serve again in a conflict zone and the poll found 62 per cent of more than 3,000 people questioned believed he should return to the front, with 38 per cent saying he should not.

Asked which royal couple they most wanted a night out with, those polled picked Harry and Chelsy as first choice (35 per cent), followed by Zara and Mike Tindall (33 per cent), William and Kate Middleton (28 per cent), and Peter Phillips and wife Autumn (four per cent).

Questioned about the Prince's finest moment, 49 per cent said it was carrying on his mother's charity work, 44 per cent said it was his service in the Army, four per cent said it was organising last summer's Concert for Diana in memory of the Princess, and three per cent said it was getting back with Chelsy earlier this year after the couple broke up.

When questioned about who was the coolest young royal Harry got 42 per cent of the votes, Zara got 35 per cent, William got 15 per cent and Eugenie and Beatrice both got four per cent, according to the poll conducted by MSN Entertainment.

His misjudgment in wearing a Nazi outfit to a fancy dress party was voted his most infamous moment (72 per cent), followed by being photographed drunk (16 per cent), scuffles with paparazzi photographers (10 per cent) and splitting up with Chelsy (two per cent).

The young royal spent part of this year checking on the progress of his Africa based charity Sentebale launched in memory of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales in 2006. This summer, he travelled with members of his regiment to the principality of Lesotho, where the team refurbished a school for children with special needs.

He is spending his birthday on regimental duties in Canada.