Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Charles takes part in sword dance

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are continuing their visit to the Middle East

Waving a sword in the air and stepping to the music, the Prince of Wales took part in a traditional Omani dance as he toured a fort.

As the Prince entered a courtyard within the castle, a group of musicians struck up a song and filled the air with the sound of singing and drums.

Charles, along with the Duchess of Cornwall, stood in the middle of the group as they performed sword tossing and mock fighting.

He was then handed a blade, as well as a shield, and began to shuffle and wave the sword mimicking their dance.

The fort, called Nizwa, is located in the heart of Oman and dates back to the 12th century. It is the country's most visited national monument.

As the royal couple toured the stronghold they were greeted by children waving Union flags and met people who were making mats and baskets.

When they were introduced to the market sellers, Charles said: "Let the shopping begin."

Camilla duly obliged and put aside a number of items she liked, saying: "I love these baskets, they are so lovely."

As they left, Charles said: "Can you thank them for arranging all this? It was wonderful.

"Ask them to make sure they keep the traditions going."

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