And they’re off! A pack of swift-footed corgis hit the ground running in what is being dubbed the first-ever “ Barkingham Palace” race this week. Wearing miniature-sized doggie jerseys emblazoned with possible royal baby names, 10 speedy pups hurried towards the finish line in the mock sprint, with the hope that the winner would predict the royal baby’s name and gender.
Bookies placed their bets on dogs like Boris, James, Henry and Diana, but it was speedy little Alexandra who came out on top with a race time of 4.32 seconds.
“Alexandra romped to victory and it looks like Kate will soon be giving birth to a little girl next month,” said Jessica Bridge, who works at the Ladbrokes betting site.
And bookmakers have never been busier, with a record amount of wagers being placed in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. Although corgi Elizabeth came in dead last in the mock race, the name is actually a favourite amidst oddmakers should William and Kate welcome a girl with 5/1 odds.
Other popular girl choices include Charlotte, Diana and Victoria. However, if the duke and duchess have another little boy, possible names include Philip, Arthur and James.
According to Ladbrokes.com, here are the top odds for royal baby names:
- Elizabeth (5/1)
- Charlotte (6/1)
- Alexandra (8/1)
- Victoria (10/1)
- Diana (12/1)
- James (8/1)
- Arthur (10/1)
- Charles (16/1)
- Thomas (16/1)
- Henry (16/1)