While the nation awaits the news that the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, has given birth to her second baby at the Lindo Wing, the private maternity unit played host to a different birthday on 30 April. Royal superfan Terry Hutt, who has been camped outside the hospital for over a week, turned 80 on Thursday – and there was plenty of cake on hand to help him celebrate.
HELLO! Magazine honoured Terry with a personalised creation from London bakery Konditor & Cook, which the Union Jack suit-clad birthday boy tucked into with enthusiasm.
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Birthday boy Terry received a special creation from HELLO! Magazine
A special delivery from none other than Kensington Palace also arrived for Terry.
The octogenarian told photographers that he was "over the moon" to receive a cake and a handwritten card from the royal residence.
"Dear Terry, This comes with our best wishes on your 80th birthday," read the note, which was written on paper emblazoned with Prince William's monogram. "From the team at Kensington Palace."
Kensington Palace sent Terry a handwritten note on his 80th birthday
Terry's present was not the first time that Kensington Palace has sent edible gifts to royal fans waiting at the Lindo Wing.
On Tuesday morning a delivery of coffee, cakes and pastries arranged by William and Kate arrived at the Paddington hospital.
The box containing Terry's cake was wrapped in blue and pink ribbon
Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple, upon hearing of those camping outside the maternity unit where the little Prince or Princess will soon be born, arranged breakfast so that the waiting crowds knew "they were thinking of them".
Given that the boxes of pastries were wrapped in a pink ribbon, rumours began that it was a hint as to the gender of the unborn child.
Perhaps aware that the choice of ribbon had sparked speculation about the sex of the baby earlier in the week, this time around the bow surrounding Terry's birthday cake was both pink and blue.