The royal couple are up to their usual fun as they also tackle serious issues on the tour

By Simon Perry
Updated November 07, 2016 09:14 AM
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We already know that Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (who affectionately call each other “Fred and Gladys”) have the most fun.

And they’re proving it once again, this time on their week-long tour of the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf, which kicked off Saturday.

On Monday Camilla visited the world’s largest avian hospital, Abu Dhabi’s Falcon Hospital, where she allowed a small owl named Baby perch on her finger, remarking that it was holding on “very tight.”

Bending down to greet another bird of prey, Camilla pronounced the white feathers “very soft” before holding the owl. It was all part of an experience as she learned about the history of falconry and its importance in Arab culture.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a royal tour without some fun and sampling of local customs, and when the couple arrived in the Gulf state of Oman on Saturday, Charles took part in a ceremonial dance. (He loves to get his groove on!) With a sword held aloft in his right hand, he rocked on his feet from side to side. (A variation on this move he busted out in 2015.)

The couple is undertaking more than 50 engagements in seven days during their official visits to the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain as they help promote Britain’s partnership in key areas such as religious tolerance, military cooperation, supporting women in leadership, creating youth opportunities, preserving cultural heritage and wildlife conservation.