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Place your bets – on the royal baby name
July 23rd, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Place your bets – on the royal baby name

Now that the heir to the throne has finally arrived, Britain's betting business has gone bananas.

"Most popular bet is definitely the name. Ever since the Duchess of Cambridge nearly said 'daughter' it's been all about girls' names," said Jennie Priest, spokeswoman for the betting house William Hill.

Betters who staked their money on a boy won big on Monday, odds had favored a female as the future monarch.

But after his arrival, the money really started rolling in.

Betting house William Hill said it had raked in more than $380,000 in bets, $30,000 flooded in on Monday alone on baby names.

So where is the smart money going on what Prince William and Catherine will name their son?

Alexandra – Queen Elizabeth's middle name – was the potential royal baby name that got punters to plunk down the most cash. But given that this British bundle of joy is a boy, Alexander is climbing the charts.

The other popular choices, all with royal pedigrees, are George, James, Louis, Henry, Arthur, and Phillip.

Bettors can put a spot of cash on what day Will and Kate will announce their son's name to the world; it took Princess Diana and Prince Charles a week to publicize "William," and it took Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip a month to tell the world Charles' name.

There is also interest in what color hair he will have. Most think the royal son will be a brunette like his mom. There's a little bit more money on a ginger, like Prince Harry, than on a blonde, like William.

"Ever since the duchess was announced as pregnant in December, really the ball started rolling then and it's grown and grown. And it's really been exciting," said Priest.

"It's definitely more female-friendly than having a bet on the football or the horses. It will appeal a bit more to the female customer. It's also something everybody has an opinion on," said Priest.

There's also money to be made on what "Baby Cambridge's" first word will be, where he will go on his first overseas trip, where he will be christened, and even how old he will be when he visits his first nightclub, as his parents famously did during their courtship.

Of course, it will be a while for those who are already wagering on where the royal lad will go to university. Here's a tip if bettor's want to up the ante: The best bet with the bookies is the University of St. Andrews, where Will and Kate met.

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