The royal baby boy was born to Kate Middleton and Prince William on Monday, July 22, 2013, and it was an announcement heard the world over. Those gathered around St. Mary’s Hospital in London heard it announced by a royal crier, and it was a great moment. According to UK News though, he wasn’t even invited to do that bit.
The baby was born at 4:24 p.m. London time on Monday, and is birth was officially announced about four hours later. At that point, the media world went nuts and those at the hospital were all in a frenzy.
Shortly after, a royal crier appeared in front of the hospital. He was decked out in royal gear and looked to be straight out of a century ago. 76-year-old Tony Appleton opened up his scroll and began screaming out the baby’s birth announcement.
“Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye! “On this day, the 22nd of July, the year 2013, we welcome with honorable duty a future king.”
It was a great bit of tradition in a day and age that is run by the Internet and social media and cellphones. The only thing is that Appleton wasn’t invited or hired by anyone to do the announcement.
“I was not invited, I just crashed the party. 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.”
Appleton runs an elderly home now, but has been a town crier for 25 years. For the royal wedding, he waited outside of Buckingham Palace for hours and hours to see the couple after they were married so he could make his announcement.
On the day after the baby’s birth, his picture is everywhere. He is featured on newspapers, on news clips, and was even the focus of CNN’s coverage during his initial reading. Appleton said he just loves “the royal family, I love them to bits.”
Here is his full announcement:
“On this day, the 22nd of July, the year 2013, we welcome with honorable duty a future king.
“The first born of the 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 the royal highness the Prince of Wales.
“May he be long lived, happy and glorious and one day to reign over us.
“God save the Queen.”
After ringing his bell Tony added: “We’ve had a prince here today.”
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