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
10:57 GMT, 11 May 2012
No, he hasn't given up the day job. But if Prince Charles ever fancies becoming a weatherman, he could rain supreme.
Yesterday, clutching a remote control and reading authoritatively from an autocue, he looked perfectly at home as he took over the forecast on a visit to BBC Scotland.
He was introduced live on air by lunch-time news presenter Sally Magnusson with the words: ‘Over to you, Your Royal Highness.’
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Viewers of BBC Scotland's lunchtime news were treated to a weather forecast delivered by Prince Charles
Against the backdrop of the BBC’s
weather map, the prince delivered an almost word-perfect reading of a
specially written script.
The weather map had been given a
royal makeover in honour of its guest presenter, and was dotted with
family landmarks including Balmoral, the Castle of Mey and Dumfries
‘Well it’s an unsettled picture as we
head towards the end of the week,’ he began. ‘Ahh, this afternoon it
will be cold, wet and windy across most of Scotland. The rain, of
course, will be heaviest over the borders and, err, around Edinburgh,
where it could lead to difficult conditions on the roads.’
But the rain of Prince Charles was not over yet.
He went on to say there would be a few
drier interludes ‘over Dumfries House in Ayrshire’. At this he point he
turned to the camera and gave a cheery ‘a-ha!’ of recognition.
He continued: ‘There will be snow for
the higher ground of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire’ and ‘there will be
the potential for a few flurries over Balmoral’ before chuckling and
asking: ‘Who the hell wrote this script’
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
The royal couple, who are known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay north of the border, were visiting the Glasgow studios to mark 60 years of BBC Scotland television.
A Clarence House spokesman said: ‘The Prince entered into the spirit of the occasion and did very well, we think.’
Afterwards, Camilla said of her husband: ‘He’s always longed to do it. He watches it every night!’
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Complete with waving hands, Charles seized the opportunity to step in front of the camera
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 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
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall later visited the BBC studio set of quiz show Eggheads, where they met contestants and panellists
Charles had a brief chat with Eggheads presenter Jeremy Vine afterbeing introduced during his tour of set of the popular general knowledge quiz show
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 added: 'He spends a lot of time in
Scotland so he’s very interested in the weather there.’