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In PHOTOS: Meet Prince Charles, the weatherman

Last updated on: May 11, 2012 15:18 IST

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It is not everyday that one sees a monarch taking up the weatherman's job.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall made quite many headlines when they turned up at the BBC headquarters in Glasgow, United Kingdom, and tried their hand at weather presenting.

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Image: Prince Charles presents a special weather forecast during a visit to BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow
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BBC Scotland viewers only learned of the guest weatherman when presenter Sally Magnusson announced: "Let's take a look at the weather forecast now. I'm delighted to say we've got a new member of our weather team -- let me hand over to him now. Your Highness..."

A spokeswoman from Charles's London home, Clarence House, said: "He spends a lot of time in Scotland so he's very interested in the weather."

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Image: Prince Charles presents a special weather forecast during a visit to BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow
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In confident style, he said: "The best of the bright and dry weather will of course be in the northern isles and the far north of the mainland. So, a little hazy sunshine for the Castle of Mey in Caithness."

"But a cold day everywhere with temperatures of just 8C and a brisk northerly wind. Thank God it isn't a bank holiday."

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Image: Prince Charles is watched by his wife Camilla as he presents a special weather forecast
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Though his Prince of Wales at first appeared to be a bit flummoxed by the clicker that controlled the screen behind him, he quickly recovered and delivered the forecast like a pro, even inserting a few joking ad-libs.

"Potential for a few flurries over Balmoral — who the hell wrote this script?" Charles asked, to laughter in the studio about the report for one of the royal residences.

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Image: Prince Charles presents a special weather forecast during a visit to BBC Scotland's headquarters
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After Camilla too had a turn at reading the bulletin, BBC weatherman Stav Danaos said he feared for his job.

"They did a great job and were consummate professionals," he said. "The prince even ended with his own pay-off line, which is always good."

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Image: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall presents a special weather forecast during a visit to BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow
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Prince Charles is well known for his interest in climate change and environmental issues. "Harmony", a documentary about climate change which the prince narrated, held its worldwide premiere in London last month.

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Image: Prince Charles presents a special weather forecast during a visit to BBC Scotland's headquarters in Glasgow
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