By George_Carey

Royal baby prompts betting spree

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An article in The Independent speculates that people accurately betting on the arrival date, sex and name of the royal baby could be in for a windfall of half a million pounds!

So far, those bothered about such things are only sure that the newest member of the monarchy will be born between the 15-30 April, thanks to some illuminating parking signs that have already been positioned to mark off the “special event” outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London.

They also know that the royal purse strings will be a little slacker, thanks to the 10 per cent loyalty discount the Duchess has been given for choosing the same hospital as she gave birth to heir to the throne Prince George in.

There is, however, no assured due date (royal sources indicate 25 April is the nearest we’ll get) and no information about gender.

But if the betting public were to correctly guess that the infant monarch will not only be a girl, born between Tuesday 21 April and Monday 27 April, but will also be called Alice, they could be set to earn themselves a tidy sum of £500,000. Odds on Princess Alice are currently at 5/4, followed by Elizabeth and Charlotte at 6/1, the Telegraph reports.

“Punters have gone royal baby betting mad and we have already taken tens of thousands of bets across the nation,” Coral spokesperson Nicola McGeady said.

“Turnover has soared and in particular more and more female punters are queuing up to make their predictions.

“If the money talks, then the royal baby will be a seven-pound Princess named Alice, born sometime in the morning.”

Popular boys names include Albert, Arthur, Charles, and Frederick, among others.

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