No time to waste! While news of royal baby no. 3 broke just this morning, folks are lining up to bet on what Kate Middleton and Prince William will name their little prince or princess. There’s already a solid frontrunner to the name game, and it also suggests what sex people believe the baby will be.
If the bookies prove correct, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s coming bundle of joy will be Princess Alice, according to popular betting sites Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Alice leads the royal baby name game by odds of 7/1 on Ladbroke’s sites, according to The Telegraph U.K. Not far behind are Victoria and Arthur, who both stack up with 10/1 odds, then Alexandra with 12/1 odds. Albert and Phillip round out the top six with 14/1 odds.
“The early money suggests punters would love to see Kate and Wills welcome another little girl into their family, who is called Alice. It should come as no surprise to see fairly normal yet regal names top the betting,” a Ladbrokes spokesperson told The Telegraph U.K.
“Royal watchers have been convinced over the last few weeks that an announcement was coming, and we’re paying out with a smile that their hunch was bang on the money,” the spokesperson added, noting betters keen ability to call a correct outcome.
If Alice or Elizabeth or any of these other names sound familiar, that’s because many of them were popular guesses for both Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 2. While the betting process may seem like a healthy serving of mumbo jumbo from an outside perspective, note that bookies guessed correctly last time that royal baby no. 2 would be Charlotte by odds of 5/4 back in 2015. Alice followed at odds of 11/8. Hmmm.
Granted, it’s much too early to know the sex of the baby yet. Plus, if Kate and Will, both 35, follow the same suit as they did with their first two children, they won’t announce the sex until the baby is born. Which means a long, drawn-out waiting process for us royal family fans, but one that will no doubt add to the fun of tracking #royalbabywatch round three!