But by far the most contentious bit of betting was the issue of the name. As we didn't know that the child would be a boy until he arrived, bets were placed on both girls' and boys' names. In addition to the obvious—Queen Elizabeth II being Harry's grandmother—many suspected that the royal baby would be born in late April, possibly on Easter this year , in which case the child would have shared more than just blood with its regal great-grandmother: they would also have shared a birthday.
Adding a first name to the list of things that the Queen would have in common with the infant would only make sense. There's a long tradition of family names being handed down to royal babies, so it's no surprise that the betting front-runners were mostly comprised of names with some history. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have certainly proven that they care a great deal about Diana's legacy, paying tribute to her at their wedding with white garden roses—the late Princess's favorite flower—in the bouquet and even using gems from her personal collection to craft Meghan's engagement ring.
However, one of Princess Charlotte's middle names is already Diana, so even if the baby had been a girl, the couple might have opted for something else. Likewise Victoria, an homage to Prince Harry's ancestor Queen Victoria , was also a top choice, along with Albert , the name of Queen Victoria's beloved husband. High ranking on both sites were the names Arthur and Alice; options that were also popular in the anticipation of Prince William and Kate's three children.
Arthur is one of the middle names of both Prince William and Prince Louis and is, of course, a nod to the great English king of myth and legend as well as one of Queen Victoria's sons. Meanwhile, Alice has remained a favorite of bookies for years given its royal pedigree as the name of both Queen Elizabeth's aunt and Prince Philip's mother.
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Britain has a new prince, and bookmakers are now taking final bets from the public before the duke and duchess of Cambridge announce the name of their baby boy. Based on past protocol, an announcement on the name can be expected tomorrow. With the arrival of a boy, bookmakers have refreshed their odds. Arthur appears to be the universal favorite , leading the way with three major British bookmakers, while James, Albert and Thomas are also proving popular. Arthur, one of the most popular names for boys at the turn of the 20th century, began to decline in popularity in the s.
In recent years it has made a comeback , returning to the top 30 in Albert and Thomas have also seen recent a surge in popularity, while James has never fallen out of the top
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