Tuesday, July 28, 2015

What are the odds? Likely names for Prince William and Kate Middleton's newborn

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Some people are putting money on what they think Prince William and his wife, Kate, will call their baby, due soon. Near London´s St. Mary´s Hospital, a betting firm lists odds for select names. (Associated Press)
Some people are putting money on what they think Prince William and his wife, Kate, will call their baby, due soon. Near London's St. Mary's Hospital, a betting firm lists odds for select names. (Associated Press)
Some people are putting money on what they think Prince William and his wife, Kate, will call their baby, due soon. Near London´s St. Mary´s Hospital, a betting firm lists odds for select names. (Associated Press) Gallery: A look back at Duchess Kate's pregnancy
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18 to 1? That's the odds that Prince William and mother-to-be Kate Middleton — ahem, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge — will name their expectant newborn "Diana."

Seems a bit high, perhaps, considering the sentimentality attached to the name for William, but that's the bet you can get through SkyBet, one of Britian's many betting parlors.

The British are famous for their willingness to place some pounds on eclectic bets. So not surprisingly, the country's 9,000 or so oddsmakers are taking wagers on the name of the Royal couple's firstborn child, who is due any minute now.

The favorites, according to SkyBet (and most of Britain's largest bookies): Alexandra (5/2) and Charlotte (13/2). That means for every two pounds you wager on Alexandra, you'd win five pounds.

These are some of the odds-on favorites of likely names for Prince William and Kate Middleton's newborn based on a British book maker. What's your pick? (You can pick one boy and one girl)
Alexandra
Charlotte
Diana
Victoria
Elizabeth
Helena
Isabella
Chloe
James
Charles
George
Henry
Louis
Arthur
Philip
Edward

As for boy's names, the favorites are: George (15/2) and James (11/1).

What about the country's Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth? Her name comes in near the top at 12/1.

The Brits are apparently not confident William's father, the Prince of Wales, will get a namesake: Charles comes in at 50/1.

In any case, most Royal observers are confident William and Kate won't follow the path many members of American royalty take, with names like Apple and Blue Ivy.

 


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