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Last updated 15:21 20/07/2013

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As royal baby hype reaches fever pitch in London, it's not just the world's media who have set up camp outside the hospital where Kate Middleton is likely to give birth.

Pensioner Terry Hutt, 78, is among dozens who have taken over the footpath outside St Mary's Hospital over the past few weeks.

According to The Mirror, Hutt has been parked on a bench outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's in the hopes to be among the first to congratulate the Duchess of Cambridge when she has her baby.

The die-hard royal fan has spent nine days on the bench so far - becoming somewhat of an attraction in his own right.

Dressed in entirely in Union Jacks, with a huge flag and matching hat, Terry, from Whaddon, Cambridgeshire, has also managed to win over the nurses that work there.

Nurses have been bringing him porridge in the mornings, the Mirror reported and Hutt said local police and members of the public have been looking after him too.

"My royal bench is the best campsite in the world and it's very comfortable," he told the BBC. "But I think some people are a bit worried about my health. 

"Lots of people give me food and blankets every evening. I take those round to people living rough nearby. We have a good chat and a laugh."

It isn't the first time Terry has gone to extreme lengths to show his patriotism.

In 2011, he also camped out in front of Westminster Abbey for a prime spot to view William and Kate's wedding.

He and the royal family go way back, when he had his first brush with royalty at age four.

It was during the blitz in 1940, and he met Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who gave his parents a mug to keep for him. He's been loyal ever since.

In an interview with the BBC, Hutt told of his next encounter which wasn't until 1998. He dressed himself in a Union Jack flag to get her attention and headed off to Clarence House.

The Queen Mum spotted him from her horse-drawn carriage and instructed one of her bodyguards to invite him to attend her annual birthday party. He now attends most royal events.

"I've watched all the babies arrive, but this one's special because the parents are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and that's my home now," he added.

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