Prince Charles performs traditional sword dance in Saudi Arabia [VIDEO]

Prince Charles donned traditional garb for Riyadh's 17-day Janadriyah Festival.
Posted By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   Feb. 19, 2014 at 6:43 PM

RIYADHFeb. 19 (UPI) -- Nothing gets the royals on their feet like a little cultural diplomacy.

In another attempt to prove that he's more easy-going than his mom, who once refused a pint of Guinness at the Guinness factory, Prince Charles took part in a ceremonial sword dance in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

The 65-year-old prince of Wales, on his 10th official visit to the Middle Eastern nation, wore a traditional garment known as a thobe and a red-and-white checkered keffiyeh to perform the dance, known as the Ardah. Members of Saudi Arabia's royal family also participated.

The event took place at a stadium in the capital of Riyadh, currently in the midst of its 17-day Janadriyah cultural festival.

Amnesty International UK has called on Charles to discuss human rights issues with Saudi Arabian leaders during his visits, and issued a pointed critique of Charles' participation in the dance:

[BBC News, The Guardian]
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