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Duke and Duchess 'thank public for warm baby wishes'

The royal couple's second child is said to be due at the end of April Credit: Press Association

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have thanked the public for their "warm wishes" ahead of the birth of their second child - but they still do not know if it will be a boy or girl.

A source said: "The Duke and Duchess are hugely grateful for the warm wishes they have received from people throughout the UK and indeed around the world and over the last few months.

"They know that people are excited that Prince George will soon have a little brother or sister, it means a great deal to them that so many will be celebrating this important moment for their family."

Kate gets VIP service from cast of Downton Abbey

The Duchess of Cambridge got VIP treatment from the cast of Downton Abbey as she visited the set today.

Eight-months pregnant Kate met all the lead characters apart from Dame Maggie Smith, who was unable to attend because of illness.

The kitchen staff baked her a cake and the footmen even offered to clean her shoes, joking: "You can take advantage of our services if you like".

Downton fan Kate is credited with boosting the ITV show's popularity in America after mentioning she liked the drama.

ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar reports:

Downton cooks admit to Kate: We can't cook

The Duchess of Cambridge was presented with a cake by Downton Abbey cooks Mrs Patmore and Daisy on her visit to the show's studios today, but the stars admitted they didn't bake it themselves.

"Are you both fantastic cooks?" the Duchess asked actors Lesley Nicol and Sophie McShera on receiving the chocolate cake.

"You wouldn't want it if it was cooked by us," joked Nicol.

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Downton team leave 'HRH' tribute for Duchess

Kate watches filming of series six of Downton Abbey.

The Duchess of Cambridge watched filming of a new episode of Downton Abbey as she visited Ealing Studios today.

The label on the Duchess' headphones read 'HRH'.

To mark her visit, the team behind the show left a small tribute on her headphones, by way of a label marked 'HRH'.

Downton's George offers Kate a gift for his namesake

The Duchess of Cambridge has been handed a wooden train as a gift for Prince George during her visit to the set of Downton Abbey - given to her by his namesake in the show, Master George Crawley.

The cast also posed for a portrait with Kate as her visit at Ealing Studios neared its end.

Mrs Patmore and Daisy bake Kate a cake on Downton tour

The Duchess of Cambridge has been given the full tour of the Downton Abbey set today, with the manor's staff baking her a cake and even offering to polish her shoes.

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