Town crier, smirking page: Faces of the royal baby's birth
Duchess Kate and Prince William may be the main characters of the royal baby extravaganza, but these noteworthy personalities were colorful additions to the story line Monday. Who were they?
1. The "town crier"
"Self-proclaimed town crier" sure is an interesting job title. This guy's real name is Tony Appleton, and boy is he enthusiastic about making proclamations. He did his thing outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's hospital, where Kate gave birth to a baby boy Monday.
2. The smirking page
Philip Rhodes, Queen Elizabeth II's senior page, made a face for the ages at the cameras as he carried the official birth announcement up the stairs of Buckingham Palace, for delivery to the queen.
3. The pair who tied the announcement to the easel
The world watched as two people affixed the document to the easel, which was also used when Prince William's birth was announced. Ailsa Anderson is the queen's press secretary, and she, along with Badar Azim, a footman, performed the task on Monday outside Buckingham Palace.
4. William and Kate's official spokesman
Ed Perkins, press secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, carried out the documents containing details of the couple's first child's birth.
5. The royal doctor
Royal gynecologist Alan Farthing who, along with Dr. Marcus Setchell, 69, delivered the baby, has been noted for his attractiveness. Setchell is the queen's former doc; Farthing treats her currently. Both worked with Kate through her delivery at St. Mary's, the same hospital where Princes William and Harry were born.