Prince of Wales and Camilla in mosque visit

HRH Prince Wales and HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visit the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City on February 21, 2007.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have toed the line and taken off their shoes for a visit to an Abu Dhabi mosque, in keeping with protocol.
Visitors to all places of Muslim worship must take off their footwear as a sign of respect.
The couple were visiting the Sheikh Zaved Grand Mosque for the second time. They first visited the religious site in 2007 when it was being constructed.
They have now returned to mosque as part of a tour of the Middle East.
The two were given a tour of the mosque, where they were shown its wall which features the 99 names of God written in traditional calligraphy. They also admired the striking carpet in the mosque main hall, which is one of the largest anywhere in the world.
After their visit to the mosque, the couple were invited to a reception designed to bring together guests of different faiths and nationalities.
Bishop Paul Hinder, of the Roman Catholic Church said the visit was all about the “mutual tolerance” in existence in Abu Dhabi.
He added: “It doesn’t happen all over the world that we can meet in such a place in such a formation. Living and seeing this reality has an impact.”
Prince Charles had earlier taken part in a ceremonial sword dance as he and the Duchess of Cornwall began their Middle Eastern tour.
The couple have 50 engagements planned during the week-long trip, during which they will also head to the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
Prince Charles and Camilla were given a special welcome to Oman as guests of its ruler, Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said.
The couple have also been visiting the new National Museum in Muscat, seeing exhibits including a traditional Magan boat, Islamic gates and three Royal Rasulid tombstones which are on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The museum is set to open to the public next year.
Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornall has met children and parents at the Oman Dar Al Hanan Hostel, which helps youngsters who are suffering from cancer.
They are in the Middle East to promote UK partnerships in such areas as the conservation of wildlife and women in leadership roles.
The visit has been organised by the UK Government in a bid to improve relations with the Middle East.