Feb. 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM ET
Put a sword in his hand and even the buttoned-down Prince Charles reveals he’s a boy at heart.
The sword-wielding future king of England, 65, donned ceremonial Saudi dress robes to join his royal counterparts at a cultural festival in Riyadh on Tuesday. Wearing a red-and-white checkered headdress and a full-length traditional gown, he participated in an all-male sword dance known as "Arda."
The prince's visit to Saudi Arabia is part of a Middle East tour that will also include Qatar. The visit was hosted by Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, the former head of the Saudi intelligence service, who was named second deputy prime minister by King Abdullah last year.
This was not the first time Prince Charles has been known to shake a leg or two on behalf of the British monarchy.
Last year he performed the Hokey Pokey while visiting a Sri Lanka classroom where he spontaneously joined students during a music lesson.
Prince Charles also has played up his dancing prowess in the past, boasting that his children inherited their sense of rhythm from him.