Prince Charles sways sword during Saudi dance

The heir to the British throne met Saudi officials during his visit.

Afp February 19, 2014
Britain's Prince Charles wears traditional Saudi uniform as he attends the traditional Saudi dancing known as 'Arda' in Riyadh, on February 18, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

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

Charles, who arrived 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, early Wednesday visited Al-Dir'iyah, 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 during his Saudi visit with several Saudi officials, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

He was to head to Qatar later on Wednesday.


Motiwala | 9 years ago | Reply

Dancing near Riyadh? In Saudia ? To drums? To music? Doing the Ardah? No, no, that is impossible. That cannot be. It is against Sharia to dance. The Saudis follow Sharia. This has to be a Mossad or Raw conspiracy. Making this country believe they are dancing there. Somebody notify the TTP. It will come as a big shock to TTP. They might crumble in despair.

AK47 | 9 years ago | Reply Lawrence of Arabia part-II
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