Chardonnay, Fergie, Elvis, Stan? Which name would you pick for a future King or Queen? If you think the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate and William) will choose a more traditional name when their baby is born later this month, you can put your money on Charlotte, Elizabeth or George. Bookmakers around the UK are offering odds on just about any name and cashing in on this summer’s most waited event: the royal birth.
The top three most-likely girl names, according to the bookies in any case, are Charlotte, Alexandra and Elizabeth. Guessing one of those correctly will only bring in short returns as the odds are between five and six to one, but a successful wager on more ‘exotic’ names like Janine, Fergie or Chardonnay, could pay for this summer’s holidays: a one euro stake could rake in up to 500 euros in winnings.
According to bookies' charts, the most likely choice for a royal boy would be George (the newborn’s paternal great-great-grandfather), James (his or her maternal uncle) or Philip (the Queen’s husband and the baby’s great-grandfather). Victoria, Eleanor, Diana and Mary are also quite popular, while Benjamin, John, Louis are also high up the betting order. But, with bookmakers usually only too happy to help you part with your money, you can bet on Yoda, Tron, Nautius Maximus, Blackberry or just about any name you can think of.
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Bets also can be placed on the royal baby’s gender, hair colour, career, university, at which time and on which day he or she will be born, and who will be holding the baby when he or she first emerges from St. Mary’s hospital in London.
The royal baby, the new third-in-line-to-the-throne, is due on the July 13. The Duchess of Cambridge will give birth in a private wing of London’s Saint Mary’s Hospital. the same place where Prince William was delivered. Photographers, camera crews and reporters are already gathered outside, anxious to be the first to get a photo of the new Prince DeShawn or Princess Shaznay, or whatever the happy royal couple choose.