Royal baby: Gambling open on names

19:24, Dec 03 2012
Prince William and Catherine
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are seen walking after their wedding ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
Peter Phillips, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge talk as they attend the Eventing Jumping equestrian event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Peter Phillips, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge talk as they attend the Eventing Jumping equestrian event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Kate Middleton waves as she arrives with her sister Pippa at The Goring hotel in London.
Kate Middleton waves as she arrives with her sister Pippa at The Goring hotel in London.
The Duchess of Cambridge plays hockey with the Team GB hockey teams at the Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park in London.
The Duchess of Cambridge plays hockey with the Team GB hockey teams at the Riverside Arena in the Olympic Park in London.
...And the fish one caught was this big.
...And the fish one caught was this big: Kate Middleton and the Queen watch part of a children's sports event during a visit to Vernon Park in Nottingham.
Kate Middleton seen speaking to members of the public following a visit to the Guildhall in Cambridge.
Kate Middleton seen speaking to members of the public following a visit to the Guildhall in Cambridge.
Kate Middleton visits 'Jimmy's', a night shelter in Cambridge, with Prince William.
Kate Middleton visits 'Jimmy's', a night shelter in Cambridge, with Prince William.
Wills and Kate baby
The website morphthing.com suggests the new addition to the royal family will look like this if it is a girl (left) or boy.
Prince William leaves after visiting his wife Kate at King Edward VII Hospital in London.
Prince William leaves after visiting his wife Kate at King Edward VII Hospital in London.
Members of the media wait outside the King Edward VII hospital in London.
Members of the media wait outside the King Edward VII hospital in London.

Elizabeth, Frances, Diana, Charles and John are among the early front runners for the name of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child.

Bookmaker William Hill has odds of 9/1 for Frances and John, with Charles, Victoria and George at 10/1. Anne, Diana, Phillip, Richard and Spencer are at 12/1; Mary, Henry and Sarah at 14/1; Carole, William and Edward at 16/1; Alice, David, Victoria, Albert and Arthur at 20/1; and Elizabeth at 25/1.

William Hill predicted punters could bet as much as $2 million on the child's name.

At Ladbrokes, the Royal couple naming their baby Elizabeth after her great-grandmother, the Queen, was the 8/1 favourite, with Frances, John and Charles all on 10/1.

Odds on the child being called Diana, after William's late mother, were offered 12/1, with the same odds for Anne and James, The Telegraph reported.

Ladbrokes had George and Mary, both names of former English monarchs, at 14/1, with David and Jessica, names with sporting connections, on 20/1.

Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: "Kate and Wills pulled the wool over our eyes, but now attention turns to the name of the baby and it looks like the couple will stick with a traditional name."

Bookmaker Paddy Power had Mary, Victoria and John on 8/1, with Diana and Frances on 9/1. It rated Camilla, the name of William's stepmother, as an unlikely 66/1 and Fergie as an outside chance on 250/1.

Odds are also being offered for the colour of the baby's hair, with brown at 6/4, blonde at 2/1, black at 5/2, and ginger at 8/1.

Kate Middleton
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William Hill said it would pay out a "small five-figure sum" after many people bet on a 2013 royal baby.

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