It's a boy

This image sums up all the pomp and circumstance around the royal baby

July 22, 2013
July 22, 2013

Town Crier

It might have been the royal baby who was born today, but the limelight was stolen by the town crier.

In addition to various old-timey traditions, such as placing the document with the gender of the baby on a gold-trimmed easel, a town crier announced the birth of the prince of Cambridge outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital. Yet his attempts to stick to tradition did not go quite as planned: The image above clearly shows that the scroll from which the town crier was reading had a printed piece of paper stuck onto it.

Some might recognize the town crier as 75-year-old Tony Appleton, of Essex. He performed in both the opening and closing ceremonies of the London Olympics and was also involved in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations last year. Here’s a video of his performance today:

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