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William, Kate send breakfast for royal baby fans

Artist Kaya Mar poses for photographs with his painting entitled "Saint Kate" across the street from the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital in London. Britain's Kate the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth to her second child with her husband Prince William at the hospital in the coming days. Photo: AP  

Prince William and Kate Middleton today surprised many royal baby watchers camped outside a hospital in London by sending them breakfast. Kate is now believed to be around four days overdue and the royal couple’s second baby is expected any time at the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in central London.

The Duchess of Cambridge, who remains at her Kensington Palace residence waiting to give birth, asked her staff to deliver croissants and Danish pastries to the band of royalist “superfans” who have been camped outside for nearly a month.

“The Duke and Duchess were aware that they had been out there for a long time and just wanted to do something for them,” a Kensington Palace source was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.

Terry Hutt, 79, one of the handful of fans who have been at St Mary’s Hospital night and day, said, “I was still asleep. It is lovely they have thought of us.”

There was some speculation that Kate may have gone into labour today as security guards were spotted sweeping the hospital area with sniffer dogs. However, it appeared to be a “dry run” similar to one held before Prince George was born in July 2013.

Meanwhile, bookies have now made tomorrow, April 29, William and Kate’s fourth wedding anniversary, the 7/2 favourite for the day of the baby’s birth. Alice remains the betting favourite for the baby’s name, followed by Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria and Diana. James and Arthur are the favourites for baby boy.

International media organisations are on high alert sending their anchors to the hospital every now and then. Parking restrictions have been in place since April 13 and media pens have also been up for almost two weeks.

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