David Williams | 25 Apr 2013
After suspending its Royal baby name betting for 36 hours, bookies William Hill Sports reopened to a flurry of bets for the name Alexandra, seeing the odds fall from 33/1 to 2/1 favourite.
Although the baby’s sex has not officially been revealed, gender betting has been suspended after the Duchess reportedly told a well-wisher who gave her a gift last month; ‘Thank you, I’ll take that for my d…’ before stopping herself, fuelling widespread speculation that she’s expecting a baby girl.
Although the baby’s sex is (currently) off the cards, there’s still a whole host of other royal baby related bets to make. Wagers can be made on almost everything, including the date the baby is born on, the day of the week it’s born on, its hair colour and how Kate will give birth. It’s even possible to place a bet on which magazine will get the exclusive first picture rights to the baby – the current favourites are OK Magazine at 2/1 and Vogue at 4/1, with Nuts and Zoo unlikely outsiders at 100/1 – as well as whether or not the royal baby will share a birthday with Kimye’s baby.
Although it may not appear to be a traditional royal name as such, the name Alexandra has firm ties with the royal family. Two women in the family have carried the name – Princess Alexandra, 76, is the cousin of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria’s son Edward VII and his wife Alexandra were crowned in 1902. The name Alexandra would also be a nod to the baby’s great grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, whose full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor.
The sudden rush of bets on the name Alexandra seems to have come from nowhere, with some bookies commenting that there may be a ‘royal leak’.
That’s not to say that there aren’t plenty of other potential royal baby names still in the mix. Other names on William Hill’s baby name list include; Elizabeth, 5/1, Diana, 11/2, Victoria, 6/1, Frances, 10/1, Sophia, 12/1, Grace, 14/1, Alice, 16/1, Charlotte, 20/1 and Chardonnay, at 250/1.