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The superfans camped out in the chill waiting for Princess Kate to arrive and have her baby got a warming surprise from their heroes Tuesday.
Kate and husband Prince William sent over some hot drinks and pastries for breakfast after seeing pictures of them in their makeshift camp across the road from the private Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital.
The coffee, croissants and danishes were delivered at around 9 a.m. as they were rousing from another cold night of waiting.
Maria Scott, 49, told PEOPLE that two men came with two white boxes tied up in pink ribbons and 10 cups of coffee. “They knocked on the tent and said, ‘Good morning, we have a present from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge,’ ” she said.
A palace source confirmed the gift to PEOPLE: “They saw they had been camped out and wanted to send over some breakfast.”
John Loughrey, 60, who’s been at the hospital since April 16, said, “We’re really touched – we thank them with all our hearts.”
Cupping his drink, an elder statesman of the group, Terry Hutt, 79, sat up in his bench bed and added, “I can feel my hands now. I was in shock.”
For the hardy group, who’ve slept out for nearly two weeks, it was a welcome relief amid intensified royal-watching as security guards were spotted and sniffer dogs were seen at the hospital.
“We’re going to give them a really lovely thank-you card,” added Kathy Martin, 52.
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