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Prince Charles joins Romanian folk dance on European tour

  • Britain's Prince Charles smiles during a welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Britain's Prince Charles smiles during a welcoming ceremony at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Prince Charles, left, walks with Romanian President Klaus Ioannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Britain's Prince Charles, left, walks with Romanian President Klaus Ioannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

  • Britain's Prince Charles, left, shakes hands with Romanian President Klaus Ioannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

    Britain's Prince Charles, left, shakes hands with Romanian President Klaus Ioannis at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's Prince Charles has joined in a traditional folk dance during his visit to Romania, Italy and Austria, a trip seen as an effort to reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally.

The prince's nine-day tour is designed to "highlight the U.K.'s relationship with European partners" in areas such as military ties and combatting human trafficking, according to his official website.

On Thursday, Charles visited the Village Museum in the Romanian capital Bucharest, which features rural houses from the country's different regions. He also joined women and girls dressed in embroidered peasant blouses in a traditional jig known as "hora," and watched craftsmen painting eggs and religious icons on stone and wood.

Britain formally triggered two years of negotiations to leave the EU on Wednesday.