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January 21, 2010 10:35 AM

Talk about getting it in the royal kisser – Prince William is not lacking when it comes to attention from young women in Australia. Especially on the lips.

“My father had such a great time here at school – and is still misty-eyed about an immortal moment on Bondi [Beach], when an Australian beauty planted a smacker on his cheek,” William said Thursday during a speech at an Australia Day reception at Government House in Melbourne.

Added William: “It’s good to see this tradition is continuing!”

Only hours earlier, one such moment occurred when deli manager Olivia McDonald, 21, from Wallen, was almost hyperventilating after getting a kiss from the prince. “I asked can I get a quick photo, can I get a quick kiss?” William said,.”I need to be quick.”

“He was nice and soft. He’s got beautiful lips,” McDonald told PEOPLE as she fanned herself with her hand.
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As he brings his trip Down Under to a close, William, 27, also said, “I also remember my mother coming back from her time here in 1996, telling me what a profound impression this country had made on her, and how much she loved Australia. Three days here and now I know why.”

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