Amongst the media firestorm that formed yesterday after Prince William and Dutchess Kate gave birth to their the Royal Baby on a day when literally nothing else was going on, was a British town crier who stood in front of the London hospital where Kate gave birth, and announced to the thousands in attendance that the Royal Baby had been born. You may have seen the crier on the news, he was pretty great!
The town crier, a 76-year-old British actor named Tony Appleton, was not hired to give the declaration, and has no ties to the royal family. Instead, the man privately dawned his most convincing “important British old guy” outfit, found some nice paper and a bell, and announced the arrival of the Royal baby to the audience without justification.
Tony Appleton’s address to the crowd took on importance as it was the first announcement regarding the gender of the Royal baby. The crier referred to the Royal baby as “A future king,” which means that Appleton either scored some inside info, or, more likely, took a 50-50 guess and nailed it.
Appleton probably shouldn’t have done what he did, but considering just how well he nailed the part, our hats and crumpets go off to him. Appleton knew that outside St Mary’s Hospital there were thousands of news cameras with absolutely nothing to shoot footage of. He looked the part, sounded the part, and totally nailed the whole “jolly-ole English thing”. Great work, cooky British old guy; you will no doubt enjoy the bit-movie roles you will now gain until the end of your days.