Prince William and Kate will welcome their second child any week now, with the duchess confirming that her due date is in “mid to late April,” so it’s no surprise that speculation is mounting on the little royal’s name. Names like Alice and Alexandra have led the bets for a girl, but Cormac Dowling, a novelties and politics trader for Betfair, says a new wave of bets have focussed on the name for a little prince – and James has taken the lead.
“James has really thrown a spanner in the royal baby betting works," he revealed. "Over 70 percent of the bets placed have been on the girls’ names, a majority of those being on Alice, Victoria and Charlotte. But within a half an hour period, James has been backed into 3/1 from 12/1 by a flurry of interesting bets.”
While six Scottish kings have gone by this name, it was James VI who ascended to the British throne after the death of Elizabeth I in 1603. The son of Mary, Queen of Scots, the monarch became James I upon the union of the Scottish and English crowns, ruling over England, Scotland and Ireland for 22 years. Most importantly, though, it would be a lovely tribute to Kate's brother, James Middleton, with whom she is quite close.
Recent reports suggested that Alice is the favorite choice for a girl, with bookmakers William Hill slashing the odds to 4/1. Meanwhile, others believe that the new baby could be called Elizabeth in a nod to William’s grandmother the Queen, who will celebrate her birthday on April 21. Kate has previously revealed that her due date is mid-to-end April, so the name would prove a fitting choice if she does give birth around the Queen’s special day.
Other possible girls’ names include Charlotte, Victoria and Alexandra — the Queen’s middle name, and a much-discussed choice for a girl throughout Kate's first pregnancy in 2013.
If William and Kate do welcome another baby boy, Arthur is the other front-runner among bookmakers, along with Albert, Richard and even Philip — the name of William's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.