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Prince William enjoys night out before the arrival of baby number three

With the countdown on to their baby's imminent arrival, this could be the Prince's last night out for a while.

Prince William is no doubt eagerly awaiting the arrival of his third little prince or princess, but before succumbing to the joys (read: exhaustion) of parenting three under five, the future king has taken the opportunity to enjoy a night away from parenting duties.

On Tuesday, the beloved royal travelled to Birmingham to watch the Aston Villa vs Cardiff City football match. There, he was pictured fist-pumping and cheering on his team, Villa, who beat the Welsh club one - nil.

William, 35, sat alongside former Villans striker John Carew, as he made the rare appearance at his favourite football team's home.

He kept things casual for the match opting for a four-pocket military jacket over a blue sweater and button-up shirt. Of course, the look was topped off with a scarf in his team's colours - sky blue and claret.

Prince William took a night off parenting duties to attend the Aston Villa vs Cardiff City football match.
Prince William took a night off parenting duties to attend the Aston Villa vs Cardiff City football match.
There, he was pictured cheering on his team alongside former Villans striker John Carew.
There, he was pictured cheering on his team alongside former Villans striker John Carew.
Fist pumps all round!
Fist pumps all round!

Following the game, he joined the players in the locker room where he happily broke royal protocol to take a selfie with football star James Chester.

Taking to Instagram, James uploaded the cheeky shot which showed the pair beaming in all their post-win glory.

He captioned the pic: "Prince William 👑"

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have stayed pretty tight-lipped on the details surrounding their third child, other than confirming the new arrival is due sometime in April - and Kate joking that her husband is in denial about the baby's arrival.

But there's now speculation the world's tiniest royal could arrive at any moment. And it's all thanks to a recent flurry of activity outside the Lindo Wing at the Paddington-based St. Mary's Hospital.

There are now temporary parking restrictions in place outside the prestigious facility. The signs, now on South Wharf Road, restrict parking from April 9 to April 30 for an "event."

What's more, crowd barriers have also been set up - that's where media and royal enthusiasts will gather in anticipation of the royal bub's arrival.

Take a look for yourself:

Temporary parking restrictions are in place outside the Lindo Wing at the Paddington-based St. Mary's Hospital, signaling the imminent arrival of royal baby number three.
Temporary parking restrictions are in place outside the Lindo Wing at the Paddington-based St. Mary's Hospital, signaling the imminent arrival of royal baby number three.

As previously reported, the staff at the hospital have also painted the railings outside the maternity ward.

And while this mightn't seem like a big deal, royal baby watchers will know that's where the royal couple will debut their third child to the world just as they did following the births of Prince George in 2013 and Princess Charlotte in 2015.

It's also where Princess Diana debuted Prince William and Prince Harry - cute!

The fresh paint job is so the rail looks picture perfect come crunch-time.

Arthur Edwards, a royal photographer for The Sun, posted a photo progress-shot of the iconic location on Instagram:

Crowd barriers have also been set up outside the facility. That's where media and fans will soon begin to gather in anticipation of the tiny royal tot's arrival.
Crowd barriers have also been set up outside the facility. That's where media and fans will soon begin to gather in anticipation of the tiny royal tot's arrival.

To prepare royal watchers for Baby Cambridge, the royal couple have set up a website dedicated to Royal Baby updates, which you can follow here.

You can bet we'll be watching with an eagle eye!