Lord of the Dance: Prince Charles takes part in sword jig

Prince Charles took part in a traditional sword dance on a visit to the ancient fort of Nizwa in Oman.

The Duchess of Cornwall looked on as Charles was handed a double-bladed sword and shield, and the music started up.

The Prince of Wales dances along with a traditional Omani performing group Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Prince began to shuffle and wave the sword, mimicking the dancers who were performing sword tossing and mock fighting around him.

As the royal couple toured the stronghold they were greeted by children waving Union flags and met people who were making mats and baskets.

Prince Charles is given a traditional sword and shield
Prince Charles is given a traditional sword and shield Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The visit is part of their nine-day tour of the Middle East.

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Prince Charles apparently ready for battle
Prince Charles apparently ready for battle Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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