Princess Alice? British punters place bets on royal baby name

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Prince William and Kate’s second child is expected any moment, and although there’s been no confirmation of the baby’s sex or due date that hasn’t stopped Brits across the nation taking a punt on all

Princess Alice? British punters place bets on royal baby name

Prince William and Kate’s second child is expected any moment, and although there’s been no confirmation of the baby’s sex or due date that hasn’t stopped Brits across the nation taking a punt on all things royal baby.

They’re betting on everything from birth dates to birth weights.

Bookmakers William Hill say an extraordinary 83% of bets have been for a girl.

SOUNDBITE Spokesman William Hill Bookmakers, Rupert Adams, saying (English):

“The perfect family on paper is obviously a husband and wife, an elder son and then a daughter. An heir then a spare as they call it. And I think that is the sole reason. So if you fancy a little punt yourself this time then the male bet is absolutely fantastic, you can get 11-8 out there, almost double your money and as far as I am concerned it is a 50-50.”

Two big gambles on one girl’s name in particular shortened the odds dramatically.

SOUNDBITE Spokesman William Hill Bookmakers, Rupert Adams, saying (English):

“We’ve had two bets of 500 pounds both on the name being Alice and this is massive, massive bets for us. The average bet on this type of market is about three to five pounds so a bet of this size is unheard of.”

The odds on the new baby being called Alice are now 6/5. Coming in second is Charlotte at 5/1 and third is Elizabeth at 6/1.

But, what if it’s a boy? James is attracting a lot of bets with odds of 8/1. Other popular names include the traditional Arthur, Alexander and Albert.

Word on the street outside the hospital where Kate will give birth was that she will deliver a little girl.

SOUNDBITE Royal Enthusiast, Margaret Tyler, saying (English):

“I don’t know about Alice. I think a name like Elizabeth or Victoria, and they go for very traditional names in the Royal Family.”

SOUNDBITE Royal Enthusiast, Maria Scott, saying (English):

“I think it will be a little girl and I like Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, I think that’s a lovely name.”

Last time it took the Duke and Duchess three days to announce the name of Prince George Alexander Louis.

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