It's the Prince of Gales! Charles and Camilla have soggy forecast for the UK as they take
to presenting the weather live on TV
19:07 GMT, 10 May 2012
One day he will reign over us. Today he just predicted it. Bucket loads in fact.
Despite the gloomy forecast, however, Prince Charles became something of an internet sensation when he decided to try his hand at reading the weather on a trip to BBC Scotland.
Dressed in a smart suit and tie, he was introduced live on air by presenter Sally Magnusson on the lunch-time news bulletin, Reporting Scotland.
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Viewers of BBC Scotland's lunchtime news were treated to a weather forecast delivered by Prince Charles
As he waited for his cue Charles looked quizzically at the button in his hand, but on hearing the words
‘Over to you, Your Royal Highness’, quickly warmed to his theme.
In fact, standing against the familiar backdrop of the BBC’s weather
map, the prince proceeded to deliver an almost word-perfect reading of a
specially-written script from his autocue.
The map itself had also undergone a little tweaking in honour of its
special guest presenter, to include a number of places with links to the
Royal Family north of the border including Balmoral, the Queen’s
Highland home, the Castle of Mey, the former holiday home of the late
Queen Mother, and Dumfries House, which was recently saved for the
nation by a charitable consortium led by the prince.
After her husband had finished Camilla also tried her hand at presenting the weather
Camilla looks on as Charles motions towards areas of low pressure
‘Well it’s an unsettled picture as we head towards the end of the week,’ Charles said confidently.
‘Ahh, this afternoon it will be cold, wet and windy across most of
Scotland. We are under the influence of, err, low pressure and this
weather front pushing northwards is bringing clouds and outbreaks of
rain. The rain, of course, will be heaviest over the borders and, err,
around Edinburgh, where it could lead to difficult conditions on the
‘In the west rain will be lighter and patchier with maybe a few drier interludes over Dumfries House in Ayrshire.’
At this he point he turned to the camera and gave a cheery ‘ah-ha!’ at the sneaky reference to his pet project.
He continued: ‘There will be snow for the higher ground of the Highlands
and Aberdeenshire. There will be the potential for a few flurries over
Balmoral’ before exploding into giggles and asking: ‘Who the hell wrote
He concluded: ‘The best of the drier and brighter weather will, of
course, be over the far northern isles and far north of the mainland. So
a little hazy sunshine for the Castle of Mey and Caithness. But a cold
day everywhere with temperatures of eight celcius and a brisk north
More rain on the way: Prince Charles became something of an internet sensation when he decided to try his hand at reading the weather
Complete with waving hands, Charles seized the opportunity to step in front of the camera
‘Thank God it isn’t a bank holiday!’
His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, also gave the forecasting a go but it was her husband who clearly stole the show.
Indeed his famously expressive hand gestures made him an entirely natural weatherman.
The couple, who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in
Scotland, were visiting the BBC studios in Pacific Quay, Glasgow, as
part of their annual Holyrood week and to celebrate sixty years of BBC
The unlikely scenario sent national News at One presenter Sophie Raworth
into fits of laughter. She Tweeted: ‘Something I never thought I’d say –
watch Prince Charles and Camilla have a go at being weather
Later on air she turned to her weatherman, Nick Miller, and joked: ‘You might have some competition.’
After Charles had finished, Miller congratulated the royal on getting it
spot on, adding: ‘That’s proof that even the royals can’t give us dry
weather, because he's absolutely right.’
A Clarence House spokeswoman said: ‘The prince entered into the spirit
of the occasion and did very well, we think. He spends a lot of time in
Scotland so he’s very interested in the weather there.’
The Duchess of Rothesay, as she is known in Scotland, mastered her presenting technique
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall met BBC newsreader Sally Magnusson during their visit
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