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Expectant crowd gets royal treatment

Fans talk outside St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday, as they wait for Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, to arrive for the birth of her second child. (Associated Press)
Fans talk outside St. Mary’s Hospital on Tuesday, as they wait for Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, to arrive for the birth of her second child. (Associated Press)
From Wire Reports

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge offered a sweet surprise to die-hard fans on Tuesday, sending luxury pastries to thank them for camping outside the hospital and awaiting the birth of the royal baby.

Prince William and the former Kate Middleton sent boxes with croissants, apple turnovers and cakes – together with coffee – to the five fans waiting in tents outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London, where the royal couple plan for their second child to be born, Kensington Palace said. Temperatures in London dipped overnight to 45 Fahrenheit and the fans like John Loughrey were cold.

“They thought of us,” said Loughrey, 60, as he fought back tears. “I’m really touched.”

Kathy Martin, 50, from London, said the group noticed that the package came wrapped in pink ribbons. She said the fans “think it’s a sign they are having a girl.”

The duchess has said the baby was due to arrive in the second half of April, so attention has been focused on the Lindo Wing at the hospital in past days. As the end of the month draws near, at least one betting agency has suspended wagering on the notion that the new royal will be born today – the anniversary of the couple’s wedding in 2011.

Heart-shaped glasses recovered

Elton John’s heart-shaped glasses have been recovered after they were stolen from a museum, and Memphis police say they’re looking for a man accused of taking them.

The Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum reported April 21 that an employee discovered the glasses valued at more than $2,000 had been taken out of a display case during business hours.

Police say an investigator lifted prints and matched them to a suspect identified as 26-year-old Matthew Colvin. Police said in a news release Tuesday that investigators called Colvin on Monday and he told them where the glasses were. Police in Southaven, Mississippi, retrieved the glasses, and an arrest warrant for theft was issued for Colvin.

The museum said in a news release that Colvin visited the museum April 21 but isn’t connected to it or any employees.

The glasses are to be back on display today.

The birthday bunch

Conductor Zubin Mehta is 79. Singer Tommy James is 68. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 61. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 58. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 57. Actress Eve Plumb is 57. Singer Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) is 47. Actress Uma Thurman is 45.

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