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Betting is on for the name of the third royal baby after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were expecting another child.
Kensington Palace revealed the pregnancy on Monday, adding that the Queen and both families were “delighted”.
Coral opened betting on what the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will call their third child, and gave Alice odds of 7-1.
Arthur and Victoria are 10-1 joint second favourites, ahead of Alexandra and Albert, both 12-1.
Paddy Power’s odds for the new name were already available on its website, with Alice and Victoria topping the list of favourites if the baby is a girl at 10/1.
For boys’ names, Arthur and Henry were the bookmakers’ favourites at 10/1.
Bookies William Hill also offered odds ranking Alice as the favourite at 8/1 but with Elizabeth closely behind at 10/1.
Their favourite male name was James at 10/1 followed by Arthur and Philip at 12/1.
Diana was given the odds of 14/1 on William Hill and Coral and 16/1 on Paddy Power.
A Paddy Power spokesman said: “Given the recent anniversary, there’ll be plenty of interest in the name Diana if the baby is a girl.”
Names including Donald, Boris, Camilla, Edmund, Anastasia and Beatrice are among the wildcards rated on Paddy Power, along with Coral’s unlikely contenders Rodney and Ryan.
The worst odds offered on a name on Paddy Power was Wayne at 500/1 – possibly after the famous footballer’s recent arrest.
In 2015, as the Duchess went into labour with second child Princess Charlotte, bookmakers reported a flurry of bets with Charlotte as the favourite.
Alice had previously been the most widely backed name, but Paddy Power promoted Charlotte to favourite as odds were slashed.
George was also always a strong contender for favourite among betting companie in the run up to his birth in 2013.
Coral spokesman David Stevens said: “Late last month we had to cut the odds on the royal couple announcing this news to 1-2 from 3-1, and that gamble has proved to be spot on.
“It’s cost us a few quid but we’ll be paying out with a smile after this good news.”
He added: “Alice is the early favourite when it comes to the potential name of the royal new arrival, while Diana at 14-1 could prove popular with punters.”
Kensington Palace announced the news of a new addition to Kate and William’s young family in a statement on Monday morning.
Kate is reportedly suffering from severe morning sickness as she did with her previous two pregnancies.
She cancelled her public engagement to visit a children’s centre in London.
On a royal tour of Poland in July 2017, Kate joked about having a third – after being given a present designed for newborns.
She speculated about the prospect of another child when she was offered a cuddly toy designed to soothe tiny babies during an event for start-up tech companies in Warsaw.
Saying thank you for the present, she turned to the Duke, laughing, and said: “We will just have to have more babies.”
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