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Town crier, smirking page: Faces of the royal baby's birth

July 22, 2013 at 6:45 PM ET

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.

A town crier announces the birth of the son of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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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.

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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.

The Queen's Press Secretary Ailsa Anderson with Badar Azim, a footman, carry out the official baby announcement.
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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.

Press Secretary Ed Perkins brings out the envelope containing the details of the royal baby.
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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.

Dr. Alan Farthing
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