Prince Charles, Camilla in Oman at start of Gulf visit

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MUS­CAT: Bri­tain’s Prince Charles bran­dished a sword and took part in a tra­di­tional dance yes­ter­day on his trip to Oman with his wife Camilla, the first full day of the cou­ple’s three-na­tion royal tour of the Gulf. The Prince of Wales landed in the Omani cap­i­tal of Mus­cat on Fri­day night, greeted at the air­port by Omani Her­itage and Cul­ture Min­is­ter Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said. Camilla landed ear­lier in the day.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, the cou­ple vis­ited Oman’s new Na­tional Mu­seum, greeted by tra­di­tional dancers. Prince Charles gamely waved the sword amid sing­ing and danc­ing, draw­ing smiles from those tak­ing part. He later en­tered the Na­tional Mu­seum, paus­ing at one point to look at tra­di­tional Omani khan­jars, curved dag­gers car­ried cer­e­mo­ni­ously at the waist by Oma­nis and those in neigh­bor­ing Ye­men. Other dancers twirled shin­ing ri­fles. The royal cou­ple at­tended a ser­vice at Bait Al Noor Church after­ward.

The pair are tak­ing part in a se­ries of cul­tural events while in Oman and are sched­uled to see Sul­tan Qa­boos bin Said, who has ruled the coun­try on the eastern edge of the Ara­bian Penin­sula since 1970. Prince Charles and Camilla will travel to the United Arab Emi­rates and Bahrain as well on their week­long trip.

— AP

MUS­CAT: Bri­tain’s Prince Charles dances with a sword with a group of Omani tra­di­tional dancers as his wife Camilla watches yes­ter­day.

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