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Royal 'Town Crier' Totally Crashed the Party

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Town crier Tony Appleton announcing the birth of royal baby outside St Mary's Hospital
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to a baby boy, London, Britain - 22 Jul 2013
Photograph by David Hartley/Rex / Rex USA

Remember the old man who appeared in front of St. Mary's Hospital Monday—seemingly out of nowhere -- only to announce the royal birth in front of the world and then disappear?

You know, the one who was dressed in something oddly resembling a Captain Hook costume, with a leather scroll and a feathered hat? Like the rest of America, you probably watched his slightly dramatic performance and chalked it up to some run-of-the-mill British pomp and ceremony. You probably even thought this is what has happened at every royal birth since the dawn of time. (Hey, that's what we thought.) But apparently the feathered-hat-wearing, leather-scroll-carrying man wasn't supposed to be part of the show.

His real name is Tony Appleton, and while yes, he actually is a town crier (in Romford, England), he wasn't exactly invited to be making any announcements on behalf of the monarchy that day.

“I’m a royalist. I love the royal family,” he told the Washington Post. Still, he freely admitted he wasn't invited, saying, “I came unannounced."

That much was probably pretty obvious to Brits. But for we Americans, he had most of us duped.

Even the media misread the spectacle. CNN's Anderson Cooper watched the announcement live, telling the audience here was “the royal crier delivering the royal news." Meanwhile on Fox News, Stuart Varney claimed Appleton was “the town crier making the official announcement in a very loud voice, all in his full regalia.”

Missed him ringing in the royal baby? Watch it now:

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