25/03/2015 11:23 GMT | Updated 25/05/2015 10:12 BST

Royal Baby Will Be A Blonde Girl Called Alice (Say Bookies)


'Alice' has replaced 'Elizabeth' as bookies' favourite name for the new Royal baby.

Online bookies Betfair Sportsbook cut its odds on the name from 8/1 to 3/1 after a sudden flurry of bets on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child. Alice is a traditional royal name and is the middle name of Princess Anne and Prince Edward's daughter Lady Louise.

However, the last senior Royal to be given the moniker was Queen Victoria's second daughter Princess Alice.

Other girl names still in the running are Elizabeth at 5/1, Charlotte at 11/2 and Victoria at 12/1.

Betfair said that backing for a boy and girl had been fairly evenly split but a huge 85 per cent of people think the baby will be blonde.

Prince George, now 20 months, is fair, just like his dad at that age, despite Kate being a brunette. Cormac Dowling, Novelties and Politics Trader for Betfair, told the Mirror: "The public love a Royal announcement and we're expecting the arrival to be the novelty betting heat of the year.

"We're confident it may rival even the EastEnders Lucy Beale's killer market, which saw over £10 million of bets across the industry.

"Elizabeth had been the clear favourite until an unexpected rush of support for Alice over the last 24 hours and we've been forced to slash the price from 8/1 to 3/1."

Pregnant Kate will carry out her last official engagement this Friday (March 27) before going on maternity leave. She and Prince William will spend the day in south London visiting the Stephen Lawrence Centre in Deptford and another charity in Gypsy Hill.

Royal Baby Name

Alice 3/1
Elizabeth 5/1
Charlotte 11/2
Richard 10/1
James 12/1
Victoria 12/1

Hair colour of baby

Blonde 6/4
Brown 7/4
Black 7/2
Red 5/1

Gender of baby

Male 10/11
Female 10/11

Day of birth

Thursday 5/1
Friday 11/2
Monday 11/2
Tuesday 11/2
Wednesday 6/1
Saturday 6/1
Sunday 6/1