Today is the fourth wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Perhaps in a display of their joy and happiness, the royal couple decided to thank dedicated fans, camped outside the London hospital where their new baby is due to be born, by sending them a breakfast treat.
William and Kate, who is now several days overdue for the arrival of her second child, reportedly came up with the idea after seeing news reports about the Union flag-clad royalists who have spent the last fortnight amped outside the private Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London.
At around 9am this morning, the astonished fans were awoken by members of staff from the royal household who personally delivered ten cups of hot coffee and two boxes of croissants and Danish pastries.
What’s more the pastry boxes were tied up with pink ribbon – prompting reporters to speculate whether this could this offer yet another clue about the sex of the royal baby?
“The Duke and Duchess have seen the news reports about these people camping out and they just wanted to let them know they were thinking of them,” sources from the royal household confirmed adding that the breakfast items had been purchased from a local coffee shop.
“They knocked on the tent and said good morning, we have a present from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,’ said Maria Scott, 49, who has been outside the hospital for more than a week.
“‘We’re really touched – we thank them with all our hearts,” said John Loughrey, 60, who has been at the hospital since April 16. He also camped out ahead of the royal wedding in 2011 and was the only member of the public to attend every day of the inquest into the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
“It’s such a kind gesture. ‘It made us tearful to receive the breakfast from the Duke and Duchess. They’ve got good hearts – they care.” Loughrey added.
“We’re here for the long haul – last time, before Prince George was born, Terry was outside for 12 days. It’s turned cold but we don’t care what sort of weather it is.
‘I’ve been turning out for royal events since Charles married Diana. And I also support the royals in other ways. I’m running this year’s Royal Parks Half Marathon for Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale.”
Another long-term royal camper, Terry Hutt, 79, cupped the warm coffee cup and sat up on his bench bed said “I can feel my hands now. I was in shock.”
Hutt, who has been sleeping on a bench outside the Lindo Wing since last Monday added: ‘I’d just woken up freezing cold when these two men came over with boxes of cakes and coffees. What surprised me was that they had pink ribbons around the boxes – could it mean there’s a girl on the way?”
“The men told me William and Kate had sent them as a present and I asked them to pass on a thank you message back.”
“It’s the first time something like this has ever happened and I’ve been coming here 25 years to see the new royal babies being born.”
“I’m 80 on Thursday this week and I’m hoping the baby arrives on the day.”
Kathy Martin, a 52-year-old, self-employed mother-of-one, who has camped out for Princess Diana’s and the Queen Mother’s funerals, and William and Kate’s 2011 wedding, said: “It was such a nice surprise – we were all thinking of going to McDonald’s.”
“There were two boxes of cakes – one containing four croissants, while the other had two Danishes, an apple turnover and fruit bun, and there were 10 coffees.”
“We’re going to give them a really lovely thank you card,” she added.