Betting on the name of the next Royal baby is proving surprisingly popular, as punters attempt to guess the identity of George’s new brother or sister.
The market is heavily in favour of it being a sister, with six girls’ names leading the betting, with Alice the 7/2 favourite with Sky Bet being as short as 2/1 elsewhere. Prince Philip’s mother’s name has not been used in the family in recent generations.
Elizabeth (5/1) and Charlotte (6/1) with Ladbrokes are also strong contenders, with Diana a 20/1 chance with Sky Bet and Coral. Elizabeth is an obvious choice, but the name Charlotte has not appeared in the family tree since the early 1700s – known as Sophie, Charlotte was the mother of George IV and William IV. Meanwhile, Frances (33/1 Paddy Power) was Princess Diana’s middle name.
After the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to their first born in July 2012, George was the 4/1 joint-favourite with the bookmakers, alongside James, and the leading boys’ name in the betting is now James, which is just 8/1 in places but can be backed at 20s with Paddy Power and Coral.
But it seems an unlikely choice, given the controversial circumstances surrounding the name in recent family history, plus Prince William already has a cousin called James (the Earl and Countess of Wessex’s son Viscount Severn) and Kate’s brother is also called James.
Arthur, used as a middle name for both Prince William and Prince Charles, is also a best price of 20/1 with Coral and Titanbet and less likely to raise an eyebrow. The name of the last surviving son of Victoria, Arthur is apparently the name Prince Charles wanted to give William.
Henry is 25/1 and Phillip 33/1 (both with Paddy Power), with both names having obvious historical reasons for being selected. Other regal names in the betting include Mary (33/1), Caroline (66/1) and Alfred (66/1), while Sophia, the most popular girl’s name in the UK in 2014, is 80/1 – all with Coral.
Meanwhile, the more off the wall selections in the market include Joffrey (250/1 Paddy Power), Boris (1000/1 Coral) and Barack (500/1 Stan James). Or how about a nod to the family’s German heritage? Ruprecht is 500/1 with Ladbrokes. Finally, Gary is 1000/1 with Coral, but anyone interested in backing it should be able to name their price.
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