It seems to run in the family. Prince Charles took to the dancing floor waving a sharp three-foot long sword around on his first day in Oman. Last year, the Duchess of Cornwall waved a large knife at her husband during an appearance, continuing on this family trend for waving weapons around.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were taking part in the Razha, Oman’s national dance. Waving the traditional sword comes as part of the dance.
Prince Charles has tried sword dancing before in Saudi Arabia but by the looks of things he had been practising. Although his skills have improved, it still probably best that we aren’t in the mid evil times and princes and knights of the UK don’t rely on swords for survival.
The Middle East tour is being taken on behalf of the British Government to promote the UK’s work in the area from support for women in leadership to wildlife conversation.
The tour is a busy one with 50 engagements for the Prince and Duchess, all over seven days. They will be visiting the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Unlike the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who rarely split up on Royal Tours, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have divided their time in order to cover as much ground as possible.
Prince Charles spent the day at Muscat’s new National Museum, which is home to items like a Magan-boat and Islamic gates. He also flew to a 200-year-old village, Misfat Al Abriyeen.
The villagers, who live in mud huts, were delighted to welcome the future king to their village.
Previously living in caves, Ali Al Ghandani showed the Prince his new home built next to the cave where he was born.
“I was so, so happy to see the Prince,” Ghandani told The Telegraph.
“It is a great honour. The houses were only built eight years ago, before that we lived in caves for hundreds of years.”
While the Prince toured Muscat’s new National Museum and viewed demonstrations of traditional handicraft-making, the Duchess met youngsters at the Oman Cancer Association’s Dar Al Hanan Hostel.
Before meeting back up with Camilla who was with youth at the Oman Cancer Association’s Dar Al Hanan Hostel, Charles visited the Ras Al Shajar nature reserve.
Once the couple were back together they attended a service of celebration at Bait Al Noor Church marking the 125th anniversary of the final visit to the country by the First Bishop of Lahore, Bishop Thomas Valpy French. He arrived in 1895 to start an Anglican Church in the region.