Princess Alice or Prince James? Britons rush to place bets on new royal baby


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  • Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015

Anticipation runs high as the arrival of baby number two from Prince William and his wife Kate draws nearer. Photo: EPA

Princess Alice maybe? Or how about Prince James?

Anticipation for the new royal baby from Britain's most popular couple, Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton is heating up – and the country’s bookies are all ready to take bets.

With the baby expected in late April – no due date has been given – bookmakers say thousands of wagers have been placed on virtually everything connected to the baby, including its name, gender, weight and precise birth date.

Bookmaker William Hill says the bulk of bets were for a girl. “I don’t genuinely believe that they know themselves but I think everyone expects them to be the perfect family,” says Rupert Adams, spokesman for William Hill.

“We’ve had two bets of £500 (RM2,700) both on the name being Alice and this is massive, massive bets for us. The average bet on this type of market is about £3 to £5 so a bet of this size is unheard of.”

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The odds on the baby being called Alice are now 6/4, followed by Charlotte and Elizabeth at 11/2, according to William Hill on Friday. Diana, after Prince William’s late mother, is at 16/1.

If it is a boy, James leads at 8/1. Other popular names include Arthur and Alexander.

Kate gave birth to her first child, Prince George Alexander Louis, in July 2013 at London’s St Mary’s hospital to a worldwide media fanfare. She is expected to have the second child there too.

Royal enthusiasts have already begun camping outside the hospital, setting up Union Jack flags, blue and pink balloons and banners reading “It’s a Princess” and “It’s a Prince”.

“I think it will be a little girl and I like Charlotte Elizabeth Diana,” says royal fan Maria Scott, wrapped up in a Union Jack flag. “I think that’s a lovely name.”

The baby will be fourth in line to succeed Queen Elizabeth, who turned 89 this week, behind grandfather Prince Charles, father William and elder brother George. – Reuters

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