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The Prince of Wales presents the weather on BBC Scotland

10th May 2012

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, reads the weather in the Six O'Clock studio whilst on a tour of the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow

The Prince of Wales, known as the Duke of Rothesay in Scotland, reads the weather in the Six O'Clock studio whilst on a tour of the BBC Scotland Headquarters in Glasgow

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

Their Royal Highnesses, 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.

The Prince 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, The Prince finished by saying "thank god it isn't a bank holiday".

The Duchess 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 The Prince's 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 some Panorama investigations.

Following their tour of the newsroom, Their Royal Highnesses took part in a voice recording exercise and watched the filming of an episode of quiz show Eggheads.

The questions were stopped as The Prince and The Duchess 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, Their Royal Highnesses 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.

The couple donned their cooking aprons and hats, and joined students making canapes for a royal reception.

Laura Dey started on the course on Monday and said she only found out about the royal visit on her second day.

She said: "It's pretty cool to be cooking for royalty in my first week on the course.

"I was quite nervous this morning but they were really nice."

Before leaving the college, The Prince and The Duchess met former students and local employers at a Prince's Trust reception and were presented with a three-tier cake that students had made to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Earlier in the day, The Duchess viewed another giant cake as she met people taking part in the The Big Jubilee Lunch next month.

The Duchess is Patron of the event, which aims to get as many people as possible across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours.

This year it falls on the same weekend as The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the Big Jubilee Lunch will be part of the main programme of events.

During the reception in the cafe at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, The Duchess was shown a huge colourful cake in the shape of Scotland which was created to launch the event.

Among them was a group from Murrayfield Avenue in Edinburgh who will close their street on June 3 to hold a party.

They hope to repeat the success of a similar event they had last year.

Fiona Hamilton said: "We told the Duchess about our plans and how much we enjoyed it last year, and the impact it had on where we live.

"She is delightful to talk to. This year we're hoping to have a sparkly theme and we asked if she'd like to donate a tiara, and she laughed."

The Duchess also met a group from Perth who are planning a host of events in the city on the jubilee weekend, including barbecues, teas, a parade, concerts and a kilted run.

Lady Georgina Bullough, one of Perthshire's Deputy Lieutenants, said: "It's really an excuse for the community to get together at lots of different events.

"We've just become a city this year, so there is a general feeling of civic excitement, pride and enthusiasm."