As the due date for the Duchess of Cambridge approaches, the British betting establishments have gone into mad odds-shifting mode on every aspect of William and Kate’s child including the royal baby name. They’re taking bets on the future sovereign’s hair color to future university and career choices and even which magazine will have the exclusive photos. But of course the main focus is on the baby’s name–putting on the table some obvious, conventional royal ancestor options, and also some bizarre, outrageous outliers. Here, the bookmaker’s top options for the royal baby name.
This has been a steady favorite, with odds as high as 2 to 1 at one point. Pluses: it’s one of QueenElizabeth ’s middle names, was the name of KingEdward VII’s consort and currently that of a popular royal cousin, who is a godmother to PrinceWilliam. Alexandra is nowhere to be seen in the UK Top 100; she’s 76 in the US.