Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Royal Pregnancies
27. Births Are Announced By Town Criers
Town criers aren't just an old-timey tradition from a bygone era. They still exist in England, and are used to announce major royal news, like births and engagements. While the position is unofficial, the current town crier is Tony Appleton, who has announced the births of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Archie. The tradition dates back to the medieval times when people couldn't read and needed their news shouted from the town square. People think it's a fun tradition, and so the town crier position continues.