The world had been waiting for months for the arrival of the latest baby royale, but as prepared as folks were for the proclamation, the appearance of royal crier Tony Appleton was at once jaw-dropping and splendid.
That jacket. His bellow. The bell. And that marvelous tricorn hat with the electric-blue and pink feathers.
His regalia may have been apropos for the occasion (in that Georgian era kind of way), but the scalawag wasn't officially sanctioned. The town crier told the Yahoo! News UK & Ireland, "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."
So whence did he come? Well, like all good town criers, 76-year-old Appleton has a website, where he reveals himself to be the Lord of the Manor of Great Baddow. Not surprisingly,Read More »from The Buzz Around Royal Crier Tony Appleton