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People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral during a visit of French President marking two years since the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP

Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP

Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. POOL / AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral marking two years since the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP

A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. Ian LANGSDON / POOL / AFP

A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral

A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral, on April 14, 2021, during the reconstruction work while April 15, 2021 will mark the two years anniversary of the fire that devastated the Cathedral, in the centre of the French capital Paris. Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP

A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral

A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral ahead of a visit of French President two years after the blaze that made the spire collapsed and destroyed much of the roof, in Paris on April 15, 2021. The actual restoration work has yet to begin as time up until now has been spent on securing the building, and the full restoration works should begin early next year. BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP

People stand on the roof of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Rope access technicians work on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Rope access technicians plaster stonework on a damaged vault of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd L) listens to the architecte in charge of the restoration Philippe Villeneuve (2nd R) next to Jean-Louis Georgelin (C), a former general leading the restoration efforts, Paris' Archbishop Michel Aupetit (L), and Paris' mayor Anne Hidalgo, during a visit of Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
A workers looks at the vaults of the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
A woman takes pictures of Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral
A bird statue is seen at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows a Saudi folklore dancer performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif

A picture taken on April 10, 2021 shows Saudi folklore dancers performing the art of "Taashir", a traditional dance of the people of Taif, 750 kilometres west of Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh. Taashir is a war dance performed by carrying a weapon stuffed with gunpowder, which turns into a flame under the feet of the performer when he embraces the sky. The people of Taif still preserve this traditional dance and try to keep it alive among different generations. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Taashir is a war dance performed in Taif
Children pose for a photo in front of a large graffiti depicting cultural elements including mosques

Children pose for a photo in front of a large graffiti depicting cultural elements including mosques, churches, old window lattices of the old town of Iraq's northern city of Mosul, on the first night of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan on April 13, 2021, during a celebration hosted by a local cultural NGO. Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP

Muslim women offer prayers on the first night of Ramadan

Muslim women offer prayers on the first night of Ramadan at the Istiqlal grand mosque in Jakarta on April 12, 2021. ADEK BERRY / AFP

Vehicles, motorcycles, and tuk-tuks (motorised rickshaws) drive past a stall selling Ramadan lanterns

Vehicles, motorcycles, and tuk-tuks (motorised rickshaws) drive past a stall selling Ramadan lanterns along a main street in the in the northern suburb of Shubra (home to a large Christian population) of Egypt's capital Cairo on April 12, 2021, at the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

on the first night of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan

This long exposure picture taken on April 13, 2021 on the first night of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in the old town of Iraq's northern city of Mosul shows children dancing around a lantern during a street celebration hosted by a local cultural NGO. Zaid AL-OBEIDI / AFP

A woman riding in a tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw) peeks out to use her phone to photograph a man riding a bicycle

A woman riding in a tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw) peeks out to use her phone to photograph a man riding a bicycle, while behind are lit decorations depicting a giant lantern and a crescent and cross erected to celebrate the start of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, along a main street in the in the northern suburb of Shubra (home to a large Christian population) of Egypt's capital Cairo on April 12, 2021. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Muslims pray in the Turkish Mevlana Mosque in Hilversum

Muslims pray in the Turkish Mevlana Mosque in Hilversum, on April 12, 2021. due to the corona virus, it is not allowed to hold large gatherings in the mosque during the fasting month of Ramadan. Jeroen JUMELET / ANP / AFP

A woman rests prior to night prayers on the first day of Ramadan at the Istiqlal grand mosque in Jakarta

A woman rests prior to night prayers on the first day of Ramadan at the Istiqlal grand mosque in Jakarta on April 12, 2021. ADEK BERRY / AFP

Women talk to a Palestinian shopkeeper selling Ramadan lanterns

Women talk to a Palestinian shopkeeper selling Ramadan lanterns ("fanoos") in the old city of Jerusalem on April 12, 2021, on the eve of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP

Muslims gather for prayers during the start of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya

Muslims gather for prayers during the start of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya on April 12, 2021. Juni Kriswanto / AFP

A Palestinian street vendor sells candy and sweets in Hebron's Old City in the Israeli-occupied West Bank

A Palestinian street vendor sells candy and sweets in Hebron's Old City in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on April 12, 2021, ahead of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which begins this week. HAZEM BADER / AFP

Children pose for a photo in front of a large graffiti depicting cultural elements including mosques
Muslim women offer prayers on the first night of Ramadan
Vehicles, motorcycles, and tuk-tuks (motorised rickshaws) drive past a stall selling Ramadan lanterns
on the first night of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan
A woman riding in a tuk-tuk (motorised rickshaw) peeks out to use her phone to photograph a man riding a bicycle
Muslims pray in the Turkish Mevlana Mosque in Hilversum
A woman rests prior to night prayers on the first day of Ramadan at the Istiqlal grand mosque in Jakarta
Women talk to a Palestinian shopkeeper selling Ramadan lanterns
Muslims gather for prayers during the start of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al Akbar Mosque in Surabaya
A Palestinian street vendor sells candy and sweets in Hebron's Old City in the Israeli-occupied West Bank
Jordan celebrates state's centennial

King Abdullah II, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces - Arab Army, tours the Martyrs' Square which was decorated with 3,082 Jordanian flags, the number of martyrs since the founding of the state. (Twitter/ @RHC)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

King Abdullah II bestows the Order of the State Centennial on the nation’s martyrs in appreciation of their sacrifices. (Twitter/ @RHC)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

King Abdullah II accompanied by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein, visits the Martyr’s Memorial in remembrance of martyrs’ sacrifices to the nation as it marks its centennial. (Twitter/ @RHC)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

King Abdullah II, Crown Prince Al Hussein, and TRH Princes El Hassan bin Talal, Feisal bin Al Hussein, Ali bin Al Hussein, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, Hashim bin Al Hussein, Talal bin Muhammed, Ghazi bin Muhammed, Rashid bin El Hassan visit the tomb of HM the late King Talal. (Twitter/ @RHC)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

Jordanian roads decorated with national flag on Jordan's state's centennial. (Twitter)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

The Greater Amman Municipality decorated the Abdoon Bridge in the national flag colors. (Twitter)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

The Greater Amman Municipality's building lightened in blue to mark state's centennial. (Twitter)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

Burj Khalifa lights up in the Jordanian flag to marks 100 years of Kingdom's foundation. (Twitter)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial

King Abdullah II, HRH Crown Prince Al Hussein, and TRH Princes El Hassan bin Talal, Feisal bin Al Hussein, Ali bin Al Hussein, Hamzah bin Al Hussein, Hashim bin Al Hussein, Talal bin Muhammed, Ghazi bin Muhammed, Rashid bin El Hassan visit the tomb of HM the late King Hussein. (Twitter/ @RHC)

Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
Jordan celebrates state's centennial
 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In this file photo taken on August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Yui Mok / POOL / AFP

 July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles

In this file photo taken on July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles at Windsor castle in Windsor on July 22, 2020. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP

 October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank

In this file photo taken on October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank to pass at the start of the procession after their wedding ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on October 12, 2018. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. Alastair Grant / POOL / AFP

September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L)

In this file photo taken on September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L) pose in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, near the village of Crathie in Aberdeenshire. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. - / AFP

 June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953

In this file photo taken on June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953 after being crowned at Westminter Abbey in London. Queen Elizabeth II's 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, who was recently hospitalised and underwent a successful heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. INTERCONTINENTALE / AFP

An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace

An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Ian West / POOL / AFP

An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at a service station in Swansea, South Wales, on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the Duke's death. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Geoff Caddick / AFP

Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip

Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021

The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the duke's death. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Prince Philip, who recently spent more than a month in hospital and underwent a heart procedure, died on April 9, 2021, Buckingham Palace announced. He was 99. Niklas HALLE'N / AFP

 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In this file photo taken on August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in his role as Captain General, Royal Marines, attends a Parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge on the Buckingham Palace Forecourt in central London on August 2, 2017. Queen Elizabeth II's husband Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has died, Buckingham Palace announced on April 9, 2021. HANNAH MCKAY / POOL / AFP

 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
 July 22, 2020 Britain's Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh passes a bugler during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles
 October 12, 2018 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) wait for the carriage carrying Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank
September 9, 1960 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (2R), Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (2L) and their three children Prince Charles (R), Princess Anne (L) and Prince Andrew (3L)
 June 2, 1953 Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) waves to the crowd, June 2, 1953
An official notice announcing the death of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is placed on the gates of Buckingham Palace
An advertising billboard displays a picture in honour of Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Crowds gather at Buckingham Palace in central London on April 9, 2021 after the announcement of the death of Britain's Prince Philip
The electronic billboard at Piccadilly Circus displays a tribute to Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in central London on April 9, 2021
 August 02, 2017 Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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