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Day two: The Prince of Wales in Saudi Arabia

18th February 2014

The Prince of Wales in Saudi Arabia

The Prince of Wales in Saudi Arabia

With a sword in his hand and wearing traditional robes, The Prince of Wales took part in a ceremony celebrating cultural life in Saudi Arabia.

His Royal Highness joined members of the Saudi Royal family taking part in an Ardah or sword dance in a stadium in the capital Riyadh.

The Prince is making a short tour of the Middle East visiting Saudi Arabia and Qatar - a trip which comes just under a year since he last toured the two nations.

Not only was His Royal Highness wearing the long white flowing outfit know as a "thobe" - traditionally worn by men from the Arab Gulf states but so was the British Ambassador Sir John Jenkins and other male members of the British delegation.

An Ardah is normally performed at events like weddings and features hundreds of Saudi Arabian men and boys dancing and sing in formation with swords in hand.

The ceremony was performed to celebrate the Janadriyah Festival, an annual cultural event lasting 17 days which marks all aspects of Saudi life and is being held this week in Riyadh.

The Prince's host was Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the Former Head of the Saudi intelligence service who was named as the Second Deputy Prime Minister by King Abdullah last year.

The visit to Saudi Arabia is The Prince's 10th official trip to the country since he first toured the nation in 1986.