Shortly before the birth of Prince George was announced, the town crier Tony Appleton took it upon himself to tell the world the Duchess of Cambridge had delivered a boy. In full pomp and splendour, he stood outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital and cried:
“Oyez, Oyez! On this day the 22nd of July in the year 2013, we welcome to humble duty, a future king. The firstborn of Their Royal Highness The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – the Third in line to the throne. Our new prince is the third great-grandchild of Her Majesty The Queen and the first grandchild of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales May he be long-lived happy and glorious and one day reign over us. God Save The Queen!”
Tony Appleton has also had other many notable apparences as town crier including the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony. Even though he is not affiliated with Buckingham Palace in any way, he does these occasions to make them more memorable.
Some news agencies are reporting that Mr Appleton is a ‘fake’ however, he is still a well known town crier and wants to continue his role. Historically, town criers were the bringers of news, they date back to the early Greek empire and have continued to bring news throughout history. Before people could read, town criers were spokesmen for the King and brought news to people. The common saying “don’t shoot the messenger” was to protect the town crier as anything done to a town crier was deemed to be done to the king and was a treasonable offence.
I think the ‘fake’ claim is because he wasn’t invited to do it, though it was a nice gesture.
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