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Prince of Gales: Charles the weatherman shines on TV

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Prince Charles fills in as TV weatherman

It wasn't the first place you'd expect to see Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, but Scottish audiences were treated to a weather report delivered with royal flair.

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The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have become weather presenters during a tour of BBC Scotland.

Charles and Camilla, known as the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, toured the Glasgow headquarters as the BBC marks its own diamond anniversary of 60 years of television broadcasting in the country.

They were shown the news studio by presenter Sally Magnusson and introduced to the BBC Scotland weather team.

Prince Charles reads the weather on the BBC.

Prince Charles reads the weather on the BBC. Photo: AFP

Charles was then invited to read a specially written weather bulletin with references to royal residences in Scotland.

He said: "It's an unsettled picture as we head towards the end of the week. This afternoon, it'll be cold, wet and windy across most of Scotland.

"There'll be snow for the higher ground of the Highlands and Aberdeenshire - the potential for a few flurries over Balmoral as the afternoon goes on."

After reading about the poor weather, Charles finished by saying: "Thank God it isn't a bank holiday".

Camilla then read the same forecast in the studio.

Weatherman Stav Danaos said he may have a new rival for his job.

He added: "They did a great job and were consummate professionals. The Prince even ended with his own pay-off line, which is always good."

The first televised event shown on BBC Scotland was the funeral of Charles' grandfather, King George VI, in 1952.

The Pacific Quay base opened on the banks of the River Clyde in 2007 and is the hub of the Reporting Scotland news program as well as the production base for Question Time and and some Panorama investigations.

PA

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22 comments

  • A whole life spent cutting ribbons and trying to somehow appear useful . What a pointless life! If he wants to impress me, get a job in factory where you have to get up everyday at 5 am for at least 10 years so that there is enough money for the rent or mortgage. Whilst the rest of the world grappels with wars, famine, unemployment and social injustice , we are somehow meant to be impress by a group of people born with a silver spoon in their mouths

    Commenter
    Al
    Date and time
    May 11, 2012, 10:27AM
    • @ Al, your commenting on an article on the SMH at 10:27am on a friday.... I highly doubt you are in a factory at the moment

      Commenter
      pat.mckeon2
      Date and time
      May 11, 2012, 10:55AM
    • Give it a rest Al, he's got more charm than any of the 'leaders' of this fine country, and does more good for this world in 5 minutes than Abbott, Gilliard or any of their henchmen during their entire career.

      He leads a whole lot of charities, raises money and awareness for those less privileged - around education, sustainability, local business...the list goes on. Is it his fault he was born a royal? He's not just sitting on his backside counting the diamonds in his hat.

      Out of curiosity, what exactly have you done for anyone but you and your own?

      Commenter
      blah
      Date and time
      May 11, 2012, 2:58PM
    • @Al...

      I am quite certain that 'impressing you' is the absolute last thing either of these two royals are interested in. Personally I don't understand the last-century fascination with them, but studies have shown time and again that they are an economic *bargain* for the UK; generating much more in tourist dollars than it costs to keep them alive.

      So, while the royals are contributing a net gain for the UK in the tens of millions of pounds, I wonder why you would be more impressed if they worked in a factory contributing basically nothing. Besides, if you think getting up at 5am and working for 10 hours is some kind of hardship, you should try living your life in the awful media glare that these people do. I wouldn't swap with them. I'm sure you, Al, would say that these royals tours and whatnot are a far cry from real work, but you would be wrong; the grass is always greener and all.

      Living as a museum piece would get very tiring very quickly. I don't think any member of the royal family has had more than a couple of days of truly free time per year in their lives.

      I would much prefer working in a factory, myself. I bet half the royals would too.

      Commenter
      Taniwha
      Date and time
      May 12, 2012, 3:42AM
  • Long range forecast for Australia: fully independent republic within the Commonwealth, blue skies, warm and fine. Tomorrow's head of state outlook - an Australian for the job.

    Commenter
    David Morris
    Date and time
    May 11, 2012, 10:47AM
    • very good !!
      Give Prince Charlie some encouragement though, this could be his first big job, he could earn his keep for a change.

      Commenter
      fresh please
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      May 11, 2012, 11:19AM
    • Oh stop it, I'm getting a warm fuzzy feeling with that long range forecast, just like early spring when the weather starts to warm up and we get daylight savings, hopefully it happens sooner rather than later......but then there is the vocal minority who hate daylight savings......you know, the why change things brigade......

      Commenter
      shemp
      Location
      melb
      Date and time
      May 11, 2012, 11:30AM
    • Yes indeed shemp, who could be so stupid as to not think exactly as you do? Those who have the insight to realise that the most energetic agitators for a republic are probably just after more power for themselves or their friends; Or perhaps those who are intelligent enough to realise that one more free hour after work equals one less free hour before it.
      Odd sort of association to make, incidentally.

      Commenter
      Blimp
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      May 11, 2012, 8:55PM
  • Yeah their just laughing at us, Still at least them have stopped cutting our heads off….

    Commenter
    i need to vomit
    Date and time
    May 11, 2012, 10:57AM
    • "They did a great job and were consummate." And here's me just thinking they read out the weather.

      Commenter
      Arthur McKenzie
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      May 11, 2012, 10:58AM

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