The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have delighted royal fans camped outside the hospital where the couple’s second baby is due to be born by providing them with breakfast.
William and Kate arranged for croissants, Danish pastries and apple turnovers to be delivered after hearing the group have spent more than a week waiting by the private Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London.
“The Duke and Duchess had seen them on the news reports and wanted to let them know they were thinking of them by sending some breakfast,” a royal source said.
Delighted Londoner Kathy Martin, 50, said. “Two men arrived with a box of these wonderful pastries and said they were from the palace as a gift from the Duke and Duchess to say thank you for our support.
“It was really special – and we noticed straight away that they were wrapped in pink ribbons. We think it’s a sign they are having a girl.”
Amy Thompson, 14, has been sleeping outside the hospital with her mother for the past eight days.
She said she was touched by the gesture. “It was just so thoughtful and kind and it shows how grateful they are for our support.”
The Newcastle teenager is a veteran at camping out for special events – she had done it four times so far and has attended around 50 royal events in her lifetime.
This particular outing was not planned but decided on after she dislocated her knee during a trip to London over Easter.
She said: “I was here for Prince George being born and the atmosphere was just so lovely and I just wanted to experience that again.
“I wanted to be here before the baby was born because the build-up makes it so much more special on the day.
“My friends think I’m crazy but I don’t care. Some people camp out for iPhones and concert tickets, I do this.
“I’ve been brought up with my mum being obsessed with the royal family so now I am. I just hope the baby comes quickly now.”
The new baby will be fourth in line to the throne after the Prince of Wales, dad William and brother George.