A devout royalist pensioner has said he is ‘well prepared’ to wait as long as he must for the arrival of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second child, even sleeping rough outside the Lindo Wing. Terry Hutt from Weston-Super-Mare is planning to live on a wooden bench outside the hospital until baby arrives.
Although it is widely anticipated that Kate will give birth to the latest addition to The Royal Family this week, Mr Hutt, aged 79, is hoping that the baby will arrive on 30th April to coincide with a celebration of his own, his 80th birthday.
William and Kate announced they were expecting their second child back in September 2014 and once the child is born, he or she will be fourth in line to the throne. A statement released by
Kensington Palace at the time read, “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.” The couple were forced to announce news of Kate’s second pregnancy early owing to her suffering with hyperemesis gravidarium, acute morning sickness.
Terry Hutt commented on the wait he has ahead of him, “Every baby that’s born, people say to me ‘its only another baby’, but this is a royal baby- there’s a difference. My wife tells me I’m mad. I have a waterproof outfit, a tarpaulin over the bench, decorated with union jacks. We call it the royal bench.”
Mr Hutt claims to have been a royalist since the age of four, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited his parents after the Blitz in London and left him with a souvenir mug. Known as ‘The Union Jack Man’, Terry spent 13 days on the same bench outside the Lindo Wing awaiting the arrival of Prince George in 2013.
The Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London has overseen private births for generations of families since 1937 and will once again be the place where Kate’s delivery team bring a brand new royal in to the world.
As well as placards welcoming the new prince or princess, Mr Hutt also has gifts for the family including baby clothes and a moneybox. One thing he doesn’t have though is inside knowledge of the sex of the baby, “My guess could be a girl, but I said that last time and I was wrong.”
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