Prince Charles does the 'Ardha'.. Saudi style

The enthusiastic royal appears mid-dance with sword in the air, surrounded by his Saudi hosts

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When in Saudi Arabia, do like the Saudis do -- that’s the advice Prince Charles took when he visited the Gulf country on Monday.

A picture has been released of the 65-year-old royal on his trip to Riyadh donning traditional dress from the kingdom and performing the ‘Ardha’ dance.

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Prince Charles can be seen in the photo wearing the traditional ankle-length shirt known as a thawb. On his head, he is sporting the ghutra, a large square of cotton, which is folded diagonally over a skullcap, called a kufiyyah, secured by a cord, referred to as an igaal.

The heir to the British throne also makes an attempt at the ‘Ardha,’ a folklore dance indigenous to Saudi Arabia performed at celebrations or cultural events. The performance, carried out by men carrying swords, is typically accompanied by drums and spoken poetry.

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The photograph shows the enthusiastic royal mid-dance with sword in the air, surrounded by his Saudi hosts.

The prince arrived in the kingdom late Monday as part of a four-day Middle East tour which includes a visit to Riyadh and a quick stop over in Qatar.

The trip marks his 10th trip to Saudi Arabia since he first toured the nation in 1986.

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The UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir John Jenkins said regarding the trip, “Our two kingdoms share a long friendship, going back to the foundation of the modern Saudi state. Continuity of personal relationships, essential if we are to understand each other better, have been central to this.”

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