12/08/2012 14:02 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Kate Middleton And Prince William Baby By 2013, Claim Bookies

Kate Middleton pregnant by 2013 claim bookies PA

It must be very odd being the Duchess of Cambridge and constantly seeing news of your 'pregnancy' splashed across the papers - when you are not (er, we presume) actually expecting.

But someone somewhere obviously knows something we (and perhaps she!) doesn't because bookmakers Paddy Power have seen a spike in bets on Kate and Prince William welcoming their first baby next year.

The odds are now down from 4/5 to 1/4 after several three-figure bets and one of £1,000 were placed.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said that royal baby betting HAD gone relatively quiet over the past couple of months but this week 'exploded back into action'.

"When punters are willing to place large bets at these odds it's usually based on more than speculation. Let's hope so!" the source said.

Or perhaps it's just that royal watchers saw these lovely pictures of the royal couple cuddling at the velodrome during the Olympics.

And for those punters who are convinced it could be a royal flush for the couple, the bookmakers are offering odds of 50/1 for twins and 500/1 for triplets.

The odds-on favourite names for the regal baby are Frances at 7-1, John, Victoria and Mary at 8-1, with Diana at 9-1.

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What do you think? With no Jubilee or Olympics to keep the Great British spirit up next year, could a royal baby be just what we need?