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Workers who clean London's Royal Parks to be balloted for strikes

Workers who maintain and clean London's Royal Parks and the gardens at 10 and 11 Downing Street are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pay.

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Members of the GMB union employed by contractors OCS in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James's Park, Green Park and Downing Street, will vote over the next week on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

The union is in dispute over issues including plans to switch from weekly to monthly pay.

The GMB warned that any action could hit events such as the State Opening of Parliament and Trooping the Colour.

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Royal fans get a sweet treat from Kensington Palace

Royal fans who have spent more than a week camping outside the Lindo Wing where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth received a special delivery direct from Kensington Palace.

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Luxury pastries were dropped off to the group of five at their tents as a thank you for their support, as anticipation of the birth of Kate and William's second child mounts.

Two men arrived with a box of these wonderful pastries and said they were from the palace as a gift from the Duke and Duchess to say thank you for our support. It was really special - and we noticed straight away that they were wrapped in pink ribbons. We think it's a sign they are having a girl.

– Kathy Martin, 50, from Beckenham

Royal watchers start queuing at St Mary's to see the royal baby

Royal watchers keen for a first glimpse of the royal baby have already started camping outside St Mary's Hospital in West London.

Margaret Tyler and Terry Hutt outside the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth any day now, with her due date reported to be April 25. But, if you believe the odds, the new baby could be born on St George's Day - April 23 is now the favourite, alongside the reported due date, at odds of 9-1.

Parking restrictions for 'Special Event' outside Royal baby hospital

New parking restrictions have been put in place in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

New parking restrictions have been put in place in front of the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington west London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth.

The yellow signs cite "Special Event" as the reason for the suspension in front of the Lindo Wing and come into force tomorrow and run until April 30 - meaning Kate is expected to have had her second child by this date.

Tthe Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in Paddington, West London Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Kate is returning to the exclusive, private Lindo wing after the successful delivery of Prince George just under two years ago. Press will not be allowed to gather outside the Lindo Wing until after she has been admitted.

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