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Prince Charles lives on the edge with Omani sword dance

18 MARCH 2013

As they old saying goes, when in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Although Prince Charles's latest cultural immersion came in Oman, it certainly followed that principle. The royal fearlessly stepped up to take part in a traditional sword dance in the historical fort of Nizwa, Oman, during the last leg of his Middle East tour.

 

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As a frantic drum beat pounded through the square, the Prince tried his best to follow the rhythm set by his fellow dancers. His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, looked on from the sidelines and could barely suppress her giggles.

Charles, who recently revealed he is learning Arabic and has a deep passion of the Arab world, told Omani officials who had organised the spectacle "to make sure they keep the traditions going."

The royal couple had earlier toured Fort Nizwa, a 12th century castle which is one of Oman's national treasures.

They met market sellers, and both Charles and Camilla were impressed by their artisan wares. Crowds of wellwishers, mostly children waving Union Jack flags, had gathered to welcome their royal visitors. 

 

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Charles and Camilla were always going to be given a warm welcome in Oman. Ruling Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said , is a longtime friend of the British royals, the Queen in particular.

Such is the regard for the Queen in Oman that the Sultan laid on three days of extravagant events for her and Prince Philip during their last visit in 2010.

He was also on hand to welcome their son Charles when he and the Duchess arrived in Oman on Sunday evening.

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