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Town Crier Tony Appleton Is Ready to Proclaim the Birth of Royal Baby No. 3

He plans to announce the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's third child at the Lindo Wing.
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Tony Appleton has been on "red alert" since the beginning of April. Like so many in the U.K. (and around the world), he's patiently awaiting the arrival of the new royal baby. But Appleton is hardly your average royals enthusiast; he's ready to spring into action the minute Duchess Kate is admitted to the hospital.

The 81-year-old is a town crier. And despite not having an official relationship with the royal family (though he does describe them as "the envy of the world"), he announced both Prince George and Princess Charlotte's births from the steps of the Lindo Wing. Appleton plans to reprise his role whenever the new little prince or princess is born.

Like someone straight out of the 18th century, he'll start with "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez," which sounds something like "Oh yay, oh yay, oh yay" and means "hear ye." Then, once he has everyone's attention, he'll go forth with the proclamation.

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Watch him in action here:

Appleton is clearly well-versed in the duties of town crier. He fills the traditional role in Bury St. Edmunds, a town in Suffolk, and in Romford, which he tells me is part of the outer London Borough of Havering.

And while he's thrilled by the upcoming royal birth—he thinks the Duchess is having a boy and predicts they will name him "Philip"—it's really no more significant than any other announcement.

"Every proclamation I make is important to me, whether it is a friend, a company, or a member of the royal family," he tells Town & Country via email. "They all deserve my best efforts to celebrate good news."

In addition to his town crier responsibilities, Appleton owns a small elderly care home in Great Baddow, near Chelmsford. Like the royals themselves, Appleton has a busy spring. He also plans to make a proclamation for the royal wedding in May.

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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
*Minor edits have been made by the Townandocuntry.ph editors

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