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Britain's Charles sways sword during Saudi dance

Britain's Prince Charles (centre) wears traditional Saudi uniform as he dances with sword with Saudi Tourism minister Salman bin Sultan (left) during the traditional Saudi dancing best known as 'Arda' performed during the Janadriya culture festival a
Britain's Prince Charles (centre) wears traditional Saudi uniform as he dances with sword with Saudi Tourism minister Salman bin Sultan (left) during the traditional Saudi dancing best known as 'Arda' performed during the Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Charles (centre), wearing a traditional Saudi costume, walks with Saudi's second deputy Prime Minister Mugren bin Abdulaziz (bottom left) as they are surrounded by unidentified Saudi Emirs after the end of the traditional Saudi danci
Britain's Prince Charles (centre), wearing a traditional Saudi costume, walks with Saudi's second deputy Prime Minister Mugren bin Abdulaziz (bottom left) as they are surrounded by unidentified Saudi Emirs after the end of the traditional Saudi dancing, known as 'arda', which was performed during the Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, February 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles wears a traditional Saudi uniform while holding a sword as he participates in a Saudi dance known as "Arda" during the Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, February 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles wears a traditional Saudi uniform while holding a sword as he participates in a Saudi dance known as "Arda" during the Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, February 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Saudi Arabia's second deputy Prime Minister Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (front second right) escorts Britain's Prince Charles (centre) upon their arrival to participate in the traditional Saudi dance known as "Arda" during the Janadriya culture festival at
Saudi Arabia's second deputy Prime Minister Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (front second right) escorts Britain's Prince Charles (centre) upon their arrival to participate in the traditional Saudi dance known as "Arda" during the Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, February 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles (centre) wearing traditional Saudi uniform, dances with sword during the traditional Saudi dancing best known as 'Arda' performed during Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Charles (centre) wearing traditional Saudi uniform, dances with sword during the traditional Saudi dancing best known as 'Arda' performed during Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, on Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Charles, wearing a traditional Saudi attire, attends the traditional Saudi dance, known as 'Arda', which was performed during Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Britain's Prince Charles, wearing a traditional Saudi attire, attends the traditional Saudi dance, known as 'Arda', which was performed during Janadriya culture festival at Der'iya in Riyadh, Feb 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIYADH (AFP) - Britain's Prince Charles, dressed in a traditional Saudi robe and a checkered red and white keffiyeh, joined members of Saudi Arabia's royal family in performing the "Ardah" sword dance near Riyadh.

Prince Charles, who arrived on Monday on his second visit to the kingdom in a year, swayed his sword to the rhythm of drumbeats at the annual cultural and heritage Al-Janadriya festival, late on Tuesday near Riyadh.

He was accompanied in the dance by several princes, including deputy prime minister Moqren bin Abdul Aziz and National Guard chief Prince Mitaab, who is King Abdullah's son.

The Prince of Wales, in a regional tour without his wife Camilla, visited Al-Dir'iyah on Wednesday. It is the first capital of the Saudi dynasty where the remains of many palaces and restored buildings are located.

The heir to the British throne met with several Saudi officials, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal. He was to head to Qatar later on Wednesday.

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