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The Royal Baby Name: All bets are on

March 30, 2015 Linda Rosenkrantz

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Now that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is officially on maternity leave, it seems like a good moment for an update on the current royal baby name expectations and prognostications. And just think– although royal babies are almost always given previously used royal names, William and Kate might find they have a little more wiggle room with this second child. But probably not.

The wishful thinking-general feeling among Britishers seems to be that it will be a little princess this time rather than a spare prince. This sentiment was helped along by the occasion at which Kate seemed to catch herself just as she was starting to say a word following ‘my’ with the letter ‘d’ in reference to the forthcoming babe.

As we all know by now, the Brits are big on betting, and both past and future royal offspring have incited a tsunami of wagering activity. As of this moment, the odds heavily favor Alice, having dropped precipitously from 14-1 to 4-1 in recent days at bookmaker William Hill and now at 9-2 at Paddy Power, and 3-1 at Betfair. In fact, Betfair reported “an unexpected rush of support for Alice over the last 24 hours.”

Alice has impeccable royal credentials, most notably as the name given by Queen Victoria to her second daughter. Then there was the present Queen’s aunt, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who died a decade ago at the age of 102. Not to mention that Alice, with its romantic and sweet storybook aura, is a name everybody loves.

Following behind Alice are Elizabeth (9-2 and 5-1), Charlotte—the wife of George III (11-2, 9-2), Victoria (12-1, 10-1), AlexandraEdward VII’s Queen— at (14-1, 12-1). This goes against the results of the Corgi race held by the Ladbrokes firm, in which the dog labeled Alexandra was the winner.

As for the boys, Arthur, Henry and James are running a close race, all at 20-1 odds set by William Hill, while Paddy Power has James and Arthur at 12-1 and Philip at 14-1. There have been two King Jameses of the United Kingdom and seven in Scotland—which would surely win it points north of the border. Arthur is a popular middle name in the royal family, worn as such by both Prince William and his father.

It’s always fun to take a look at some of the names with the worst odds. This time around we have Stephanie at 80-1, Camilla at 100-1 (indeed), Aldona at 250-1, Chardonnay and Mercedes at 500-1; Trevor at 100-1, Raheem, Joffrey, Ringo, Macbeth and Sepp at 500-1 and Wayne and Derek at 1000-1.

Additional odds have been given for the hair color of the baby (blonde), the day of birth (Thursday) and the date (April 20). The Coral agency is offering 66-1 odds on the chance of triplets, and 3-1 odds that the color Kate will be wearing as she leaves the hospital is blue.

As was done last time, news of the baby’s birth will be delivered via a bulletin taken from the hospital to Buckingham Palace, where it will be placed on an easel at the palace gates. It will state the time of birth, gender and birth. But we’ll probably have to wait with baited breath for a few days for the announcement of the name.

What are you picks–both which you like best and which you think will be chosen?

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