“This is mad!” Prince Harry exclaimed as he attempted to rise to the challenge of a duel. The Prince was no match for the 60-year-old Folk Dancer, yet they both laughed as the Prince attempted to fence with him, holding a 3 foot blade and a tiny wooden shield.
Earlier, the Folk Dancer, Mohammed Moussa had taught the Prince how to conduct a traditional “sword wobble” on his visit to Nizwa Fort, which is Oman’s most visited national monument. Mr Moussa is the leader of the Nizwa folklore band and helped the Prince perfect the signature “blade shimmer” that is conducted in the Razha sword dance.
When the Prince arrived in the town of Nizwa, on the second day of his tour in the Middle East, he was greeted with a large bouquet of flowers. The little girl who gave him the flowers was part of a school run by the Omani Women’s Association. Unbeknownst to the Prince, the children were expecting him to arrive in Oman with a Princess and were ready with a second bouquet.
Jalila Al-Sabahi, one of the children’s teachers, explained: “There were two bouquets, one for him and one for his wife, only he has no wife so we just gave him one.”
Before the sword-fight, Prince Harry visited souvenir shops and was shown various weapons, as being an avid hunter these items were of great interest to him.
Imam Sultan Bin Saif Al Ya’rubi built the fort Prince Harry was visiting in the 1650s and after the Prince dueled, he was lead to the staircase of the fort’s large circular tower. Being a military strategist, he was shown the various ways the fort defended against invaders. As he made his way towards the top he passed through several doors, which originally had trap doors behind them and funnels above them. This was used to attack invaders with boiling oil. The Prince continued his journey to the top and was rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding Al Hajar Mountains.
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