Thursday 22 February 2018

Charles shines on weatherman debut

The Prince of Wales reads the weather during a tour of the BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow
The Prince of Wales reads the weather during a tour of the BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow
The Duchess of Cornwall reads the weather during a tour of the BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow
The Prince of Wales meets presenter Jeremy Vine while on a tour of the Eggheads set in Glasgow

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall became 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.

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 programme as well as the production base for Question Time and and some Panorama investigations.

Following their tour of the newsroom, the royal couple took part in a voice recording exercise and watched the filming of an episode of quiz show Eggheads. The questions were stopped as Charles and Camilla met the contestants and host Jeremy Vine.

He told the competitors: "We film up to five episodes a day, so you picked the right show to come on. There has never been so much excitement in the studio."

After their trip to BBC Scotland, the Duke and Duchess travelled to the City of Glasgow College to meet young people taking part in the Prince's Trust Get Into Cooking Programme. Aimed at 16 to 25-year-olds, the programme is designed to give youngsters the skills and experience needed to work in the hospitality sector.

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