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31/03/2015 08:49 BST | Updated 31/03/2015 08:59 BST

Kate Middleton Royal Baby Name Bookmakers Slash Odds On Alice

Bookmakers have seen a flurry of activity pertaining to the name of the royal baby – and it’s not one we’d been expecting.

William Hill and Ladbrokes have slashed the odds to 4/1 and 3/1 respectively on the royal sprog being named Alice, having previously seemed pretty fixed on Charlotte.

But of the new favourite, William Hill mysteriously notes: “We have seen a significant number of bets, particularly from the Tunbridge area – you have to think there is a good reason for the gamble.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her second child in April

Paddy Power has also since an increase in bets, though they are listing Alice at odds of 9/2 alongside Charlotte.

Naturally, the name Alice has a royal lineage and was chosen for the second daughter of Queen Victoria. The wife of Queen’s uncle (the late Duke of Gloucester) was also named Alice.

Despite the enhanced activity around female names, the Duchess of Cambridge has not divulged the sex of her unborn child.

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Princess Alice was the daughter of Queen Victoria

Nonetheless, somewhat flimsy reports have suggested it is a girl, based on reports Kate “was drawn to the girls’ clothes” at a high end baby boutique in Chelsea.

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Further hints came in the Daily Mail, which states the expectant mother “can’t stop scoffing sweet treats” which according to an old wives’ tale, is a sure sign she is carrying a daughter.

The Duchess will give birth to a sibling for Prince George in mid-to-end of April, she revealed.

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