Inside the Royal Courts of Justice, the barristers outlined what could be the last legal arguments that decide the fate of 11-month-old, critically ill Charlie Gard.

The judge, Mr Justice Francis, listened for any new evidence that might let him change his mind and grant the parents’ wish that Charlie go to the US for experimental treatment rather than have his life support turned off.

On the street outside, meanwhile, you saw some of the accoutrements of a child’s party. Brightly coloured balloons were tied to railings.