Prince Charles takes part in Saudi sword dance

Prince Charles has been visiting Saudi Arabia as part of a short tour of the Middle East.

The Prince of Wales joined members of the Saudi royal family to take part in a sword dance, known as an Ardah, in the capital Riyadh.

Prince Charles dances with a sword during the a traditional Saudi dancing. Credit: REUTERS/Fayez Nureldine

Charles was wearing the traditional robes for the ceremony, which was celebrating the 17-day-long Janadriyah Festival.

Other highlights of his tour included a visit to the Janadriya gardens and an old Saudi Arabian city.

Prince Charles takes part in the performance during the Janadriya culture festival. Credit: REUTERS/Fayez Nureldine/Pool

The Prince is also visiting Qatar in what will be his second visit to the two nations in just under a year, and his 10th official trip to the Saudi Arabia since he first toured the nation in 1986.