Royal baby: Kate Middleton and Prince William send pastries to fans camping outside hospital
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have taken pity on royal "superfans" camped outside the Lindo Wing by sending them breakfast pastries and coffees from a local patisserie.
The Duchess, who remains at Kensington Palace waiting to give birth to her second child, asked her staff to order a delivery of croissants and Danish pastries to the bedraggled band of royalists.
Desperate for any scrap of news about the baby, the royal-watchers seized on the fact that the treats came in boxes tied up with pink ribbon, but royal insiders said the colour was pure coincidence.
"The shop where they came from just happens to use pink ribbon," said a source, repeating the fact that the Duke and Duchess do not know the sex of their baby.
Terry Hutt, 79, one of the handful of fans who have been at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington night and day, said: "I was still asleep. It's lovely they've thought of us."
A Kensington Palace source said: "The Duke and Duchess were aware that they had been out there for a long time and just wanted to do something for them."
Bookmakers have now made Wednesday, April 29 - the couple's fourth wedding anniversary - the 7/2 favourite for the day of the baby's birth.