Few moments after the official announcement of royal birth, a crier dressed in an old costume came on the steps of St. Mary’s hospital in London and informed the public in a traditional way about the birth of the new prince.
Bell in one hand, scroll in the other, crier Tony Appleton marked Monday’s royal birth by belting out an old-timey proclamation which began “Oyez, Oyez” and announced the arrival of “the first born of their royal highness, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”
His show was so trustworthy, that almost everybody, even the guards at the hospital´s steps believed, that he is the true royal crier employed by the Buckingham Palace. At that some journalists served his performance as an official announcement of the Royal crier.
But in reality he is not related to the Palace, he did this just because of his favour of the royal family. Appleton is in fact a crier in town Romford, a commuter town just east of London, and in Bury St. Edmunds, a market town in southeastern England. In interview, he said Wednesday that he simply showed up in costume after getting a tip off from a British journalist that Prince William’s wife Kate, had given birth.
Great atmosphere, evaluated Appleton
“I came unannounced,” he said and acknowledged he had no official royal role. “I got out of my cab and I stood in front of the steps, because I didn’t think I would be allowed on them, and did my bit. It was great. It was a great atmosphere, it’s like the Olympics,” claimed Appleton.
His unofficial role didn´t stop him from playing a cameo role in newspaper headlines. “The royal crier delivering the royal news,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper described the scene. On Fox News, Stuart Varney told viewers that Appleton was “the town crier making the official announcement in a very loud voice, all in his full regalia.”
Appleton in addition to his town crier duties, he works as a toastmaster, a kind of master of ceremonies, at weddings, birthdays, and bar mitzvahs. He also owns a small nursing home in Romford.
His interest in the royal family goes back to his encounter with the Queen as a child while she was on a royal walkabout.