Viewers watching BBC Scotland's news broadcast on Thursday were stunned when the presenter announced, "now for the weather forecast and we have a new presenter today". Then cameras switched to the weather map with Prince Charles as the forecaster.
Prince Charles along with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, were on a tour of BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters. The tour is part of the Holyrood Week, an annual event which sees the Prince and his wife tour Scotland. As well as holding the Duke of Cornwall title, Charles is also the Duke of Rothsay and earlier he had visited students at the City of Glasgow College.
It was presenter Sally Magnusson's treasured moment when she ended her news bulletin and handed over in a cool manner to "the new weatherman". Against the backdrop of a map showing Scotland with low pressure positioned over central Scotland, Prince Charles then delivered a reasonably confident presentation of Thursday's forecast.
The prince would have been trained from an early age to perfect presentation skills and public speaking and in the studios he proved to be no slouch, reports the BBC. He delivered a specially-prepared script with some references to his two Scottish based residences - Balmoral and the Castle of Mey. The heir to the throne 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.
Bank holidays in the UK are notoriously wet and his cheerful and sometimes comical delivery has gone viral around the globe. The Washington Post reported the prince had delivered the forecast like a pro, even inserting a few joking ad-libs. The Australian media described Charles as The Prince of Gales in the online lifestyle news journal, The Age.