The British Love Betting on the Gender and Name of the Soon-to-Be Royal Baby
The majority of bets placed on Betfair.com lead us to believe Kate and William will be having a girl by the name of Mary, Alice, or Victoria.
There are no doubts that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cause a stir with everything they do, but when it comes to having a baby, the public can’t help but get involved—especially if that means putting money on the line. As it turns out, betting on the royal baby’s name is extremely common for the British, and this time around is no different.
As soon as Kate’s third birth announcement was made to the public, the bidding market began to buzz. Among the speculation that her due date is approaching quickly, the wagers continue to pour in.
According to a Vanity Fair interview with Katie Baylis, media-relations manager at Betfair in London, there is a lot that us Americans aren’t aware of regarding the British’s obsession with all things royal. The public can place bets on multiple factors of a royal pregnancy such as gender, year of birth, weight, or length of a baby. The royals don’t even have to announce a pregnancy for the bidding to begin—Baylis explains how people are able to bet on Harry and Meghan Markle's future baby, just because they are getting married.
As for Kate and William’s baby number three, Baylis hints that the majority of those placing bets believe a girl is on the way—with the names Mary, Alice, and Victoria as the frontrunners. Those results are semi-surprising to those who believe there is a correlation between Kate’s blue outfit choices throughout her pregnancy and the gender of the baby. (Edward, Arthur, and Henry are the three leading boy names according to Betfair's bets.)
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Civilians who study the art of baby-betting understand that there are many tell-all signs to look for. Baylis notes that not only outfit color options, but rumored baby gifts are ways of supporting your guess.
For those looking to place a bet, Betfair has an online market called, “name of Kate and William’s next baby,” with a list of possible names and odds posted beside them. Once you are confident in your answer, place your bet and wait for the results.
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We thought us Americans are over-fascinated with celebrity news, but the British placing bets on the royal family elevates that obsession to a new level. So, now that you are filled in on the latest trend surrounding the Duke and Duchess, what do you think the gender and name of their baby will be? Are you confident enough to put money on it?