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    We Met The Fans Standing Outside The Hospital Waiting For The Royal Baby

    "We can't camp outside the hospital this time, so we're staying nearby and coming down every day."

    You've probably heard, but there's a rather ~special~ baby due to be born very soon in England. Any day now, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will become parents for a second time (although the due date has not officially been revealed).

    So, as the country and press prepare to go into royal baby meltdown, I went along to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, to see what the scene was like outside the private Lindo Wing.

    The first thing you notice is the number of camera vans in the car park. The vehicles look slightly out of place. They could have at least made more of an effort to inconspicuously blend into the scenery, perhaps by sticking some Union Jack flags on the sides of the vans.

    Further down the street, the scene directly outside the hospital was truly electric.

    There were about five people outside dressed in full Union Jack clothing. Elsewhere, there were roughly 10 other people sitting around enjoying the sun, awaiting the royal baby. Flags have been added to the hospital signs.

    The first person I met was Terry. Terry was very popular – reporters were lining up to chat with the 79-year-old from London, who had arrived three hours earlier to show his support.

    "It's a special day, a special baby, special family," he said. "Whether it's a boy or girl, it's company for George [the royal couple's first child]. Everyone's talking about the baby, and I bet George is just as excited as everyone else."

    Terry predicted the baby would be born on Wednesday or Thursday. He also told me about his wonderful suit, which he called the "David Beckham" suit.

    "Even David Beckham liked my suit. The suit has had more publicity than he did."

    "Oh, so David saw your suit and told you that?" I asked.

    "No, I made that little bit up. But he likes pie and mash, and so do I."

    Terry and other royal fans also kindly agreed to take selfies with me. Terry asked me why I didn't have a selfie stick on me, and I had no good excuse.

    The next person I met was John, a 60-year-old from Wandsworth, who arrived 20 days ago and has been coming along every day. He said that if he's allowed to camp outside, he will.

    "Everyone around the world knows me as a Diana superfan and a royal superfan," he said proudly.

    He told me that he and all the other superfans will sing this song when the royal baby is born:

    "Congratulations, and celebrations, la la la la la la la la la la, IT'S A BOY, IT'S A BOY, IT'S A BOY, IT'S A BOY. And it's a girl, we've got another song. You bring me sunshine, you bring me happiness, la la la la la, la la la la, IT'S A GIRL."

    He added that the most important thing is that it's a healthy baby, and that if it's a girl, it could be called Elizabeth Diana.

    "But Catherine, don't keep us waiting too long."

    John was keen to show me the badges on his hat, as well as a portrait of him dressed in patriotic clothing.

    The next royal superfan I met was Margaret, 71, from Wembley. She too was sporting a snazzy Union Jack outfit.

    "I came last Thursday, but I think this week is the week," she said, excited for the imminent arrival of the baby. "People are saying Saturday, but there's no way of knowing. But it must happen soon!"

    She told me that the superfans like to socialise and that they're all good friends.

    "It's great fun, it's like a party really! It's all so exciting. But poor Kate, she's the one who has to give birth."

    Margaret showed me the two balloons she was clutching – one for a little prince, one for a little princess. She was pleased with their presence outside the hospital. "It would be awful if there was no one outside. We like to show them as much support as we can."

    The final person I met standing outside the hospital was Maria, a 44-year-old mother from Newcastle. She arrived 20 days ago.

    "We camped outside for George's birth, but we can't camp this time, so we're staying nearby and coming down every day," she said.

    A lot of people seemed pretty confident the baby would be born this Wednesday – and Maria agreed that the baby could come mid-week. She then showed me her outfit.

    "We're wearing our Union Jack flags – we always wear them for royal events," she said. "Prince Harry even said they looked fantastic when we saw him four weeks ago. "

    Maria hoped the new arrival would be a little girl.

    "It would complete their little family. It would be lovely if they named it after Diana, or her middle name," she said as she held up her Princess Diana bag.

    The superfans were enthusiastic and joyful. The staff at the hospital regularly stopped to chat with them, and they seemed to know some of them fairly well. Passer-bys looked bemused, but they still stopped to take a snap or two of the scene.

    In the end, I even decided to join in the fun and become a royal baby enthusiast.