These Are the Names People Are Betting on for the Third Royal Baby
Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, is just weeks, or perhaps even days away from giving birth to her third child. Though we don’t know her exact due date, rumor has it that the Duchess is expected to give birth sometime around April 24. At that time, she’ll be at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in London and present the new little prince or princess to the world.
But, one big question remains: What will Prince William and Kate name their newest bundle of joy?
According to bookies in the United Kingdom, people are heavily betting that the newest member of the royal family will be a girl, The Independent reported. Moreover, people are really betting that her name will be Mary. That name, The Independent reports, is coming in with three to one odds.
“By far the most popular name, in volume and size of stakes, is Mary,” bookmakers at Paddy Power Betfair told The Independent. “We’ve received thousands of bets on that being the choice of name – so much so that we actually had to suspend the betting a few weeks ago. The name was originally 20/1, and has since come right into 3/1.”
Following Mary are two other equally royal baby girl names, Alice and Victoria, which come in at five-to-one and eight-to-one odds, respectively. Elizabeth, Prince William’s grandmother’s name, also makes the list with 11-to-one odds.
Because the betting so far has heavily favorited girls Paddy Power Betfair said they have officially stopped accepting bets on gender. “As you can see from the odds, with Mary and Alice the top rated two, it’s clear our punters are all-but confirming the baby’s gender,” the spokesperson added.
But, if the baby is a boy, betters are favoriting Edward, which “has been by far the most popular selection at 8/1,” the bookmakers said, “with Arthur fancied too.”
Other names making the list include Frederick, Albert, James, Philip, and Alexander.
One thing that is already known is the new baby’s official royal title.
If it’s a boy named Edward his rather lengthy title will be His Royal Highness Prince Edward of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. If it’s a girl named Mary like people expect, her title would be Her Royal Highness Princess Mary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.