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11:09 UK time, Friday, 11 May 2012

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The Prince of Wales' have-a-go weather forecast is the kind of punning opportunity newspaper sub-editors relish, and true to form, the papers have had a field day.

"Cool heir moving in - it's the Prince of Gales," says the Daily Mail, which says if his Royal Highness ever fancies becoming a weatherman, he would "rain supreme".

"Long to rain over us," is the Daily Express' headline, which agrees both Charles and Camilla, who also tried her hand at being a weather girl at BBC Scotland, looked like consummate professionals.

The rain/reign homophone is clearly too good to miss too. The Sun goes for "Little chance of reign" while the Daily Mirror goes for the other tack "Looks like reign again".

The Royal weather debut wasn't universally praised however. The Times decides it was a "mixed outlook for royal forecasters" - pointing out that while Prince Charles may have found a new calling, Camilla's version was not used.

"It was indeed, as the new weatherman on BBC Scotland pronounced, an unsettled - not to say unsettling - picture," is the Guardian's verdict.

But for the Daily Telegraph , the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, who were visiting the Pacific Quay studios in Glasgow to mark the 60th anniversary of broadcasts by BBC Scotland, brought back memories of a by-gone era.

"The Prince's demeanour and performance recalled the golden days of TV forecasting, the era of Bill Giles and Michael Fish," it says.

Paper Monitor only has one thought on that - let's hope for his Royal Highness' sake a storm isn't on its way.

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