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Prince Charles dances the Ardah in Saudi Arabia

Prince Charles dances the Ardah in Saudi Arabia

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Prince Charles celebrates traditional Saudi Arabian culture with the country's royal family on his tenth visit to the Middle East this week

On his tenth official visit to Saudi Arabia, the Prince of Wales met two sons of King Abdullah, including Prince Miteb who heads the Saudi Arabian National Guard and Prince Abdulaziz who is the deputy foreign minister yesterday, before joining members of the Saudi royal family for the Ardah – or 'sword dance' – in Riyadh. The Ardah features hundreds of Saudi Arabian men and boys dancing and singing in formation with swords in hand.

The prince wore a traditional ankle-length thobe for the all-male ceremony, which is usually performed at events such as weddings.

Prince Charles attends Ardah dance in Saudi Arabia

This ceremony, however, was performed to celebrate the Janadriyah Festival, an annual cultural event lasting about two weeks, which marks all aspects of Saudi life. Prince Charles is now expected to head to Qatar for a two day visit.

Prince Charles dances the Ardah in Saudi Arabia (фото 1)

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