Royal baby name LIVE updates: Bookies back new favourite as baby name expected TODAY

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Royal baby name LIVE updates: Bookies back new favourite as baby name expected TODAY

THE Royal baby name is expected to be announced today, with excitement building over what The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child will be called. Prince William has revealed that his son will have a “strong name” while a new favourite has overtaken Arthur as the front-runner. Follow all the live updates and news here…

Kate, Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child, a baby boy weighing 8lbs 7oz on Monday, April 23 at the Lindo Wing, St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
Kensington Palace was expected to announce the royal baby’s name on Wednesday, a full three days after the youngster was born – as was the case with Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, two – however the name has yet to be revealed
The pair’s youngest brother is doing “really well” along with his mother, according to Prince William who spoke with attendees at a Westminster Abbey Anzac Day Service earlier to commemorate Australia’s and New Zealand’s soldiers.
The Duke has dropped the biggest hint yet as to what the name could be by joking that his youngest son has a “strong name”.
He also said the pair were “in good form, luckily”, and added: “Sleeping’s going reasonably well so far, so he’s behaving himself which is good news.”
The new favourite name among punters is Alexander after a flurry of bets were placed when Prince William dropped a hint at the Anzac Day service
Alexander is now the front-runner, with the latest odds a 2/1, followed by former front-runner Arthur at 4/1 and the moniker James has a 6/1 chance, according to bookmakers Ladbrokes
Albert and Louis are just behind, with odds of 8-1, after a flurry of last minute bets were made in the last 24 hours

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

Thursday April 26
2.56pm update: Arthur resumes its position at top of Royal baby name

Hour upon hour passes by and still the nation is kept waiting for an announcement from Kensington Palace, yet it hasn’t deterred punters’ excitement, and the money pouring in for Arthur means it has become the favourite again with the bookies at odds of 9/4.

Alexander follows very close behind as a 3/1 shot, with Albert and James chalked up at 6/1 apiece.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “The longer the wait goes on the more excited punters are becoming. Arthur has resumed its position as the favourite, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the odds flip flop once more.”

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

1.40pm update: Latest odds on baby name
The bookies have now made the royal baby name a two-horse race with Alexander and Arthur in the top positions.

Alexander is now the joint favourite with Arthur according to Coral, they are both at odds of 5-2.

Harry Aitkenhead, of Coral, said: “Arthur remains at the head of the market but has now been joined by Alexander after a flurry of bets yesterday.

“Louis was a rank outsider at 33-1 just days ago but has also been the subject of support in the betting and has seen its odds slashed.”

However Ladbrokes has Alexander ahead of Arthur at odds of 5/2 and Arthur has odds 3/1.

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Punters fell hook, line and sinker for William’s hint about Alexander and its forced the name into favouritism, but long-term front runner Arthur follows very close behind and it’s now looking like a two-horse race.”

Yesterday the Duke of Cambridge made a comment about the name Alexander and punters rushed to place a flurry of bets on the name .

As William chatted to the Australian High Commissioner, Alexander Downer, at Westminster Abbey, Mr Downer asked: “Have you thought of the name Alexander for him?”

The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son
The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing with their new son

The duke replied: “Well, it’s funny you should say that. It’s a good name.”

Coral favourites

Arthur – 5/2

Alexander – 5/2

James – 6/1

Albert- 6/1

Louis – 8/1

Philip – 10/1

Henry – 16/1

Edward – 20/1

Frederick – 20/1

Thomas – 25/1

Alfred – 25/1

Charles 33/1

Ladbrokes favourites

Alexander – 5/2

Arthur – 3/1

James – 6/1

Albert – 8/1

Louis – 8/1

Philip – 12/1

Henry – 16/1

Edward – 20/1

Frederick – 20/1

12.55pm update: The long Royal waiting game
Speculation is rife as the wait for the baby name continues, but three days is nothing compared to the week long wait Prince Charles and Diana left before announcing William’s name in 1982.

The Prince and Princes of Wales waited seven long days before deciding on and announcing his chosen forenames.

When the names were finally revealed as William Arthur Philip Louis it ended a week of intense speculation.

Experts correctly predicted Louis would be among the names in honour of the Prince of Wales’s late great-uncle Lord Mountbatten, as well as Philip in a nod to the Duke of Edinburgh.

Buckingham Palace revealed at the time that the name William would not be shortened in any way and the duke himself has since insisted he is never known as “Wills”.

Out of courtesy, the Queen has to be told what has been decided before a name is announced.

Prince Harry’s name was announced much more quickly than his brother’s after he was born in September 1984, with the palace confirming it on the day he left hospital and saying that although he was called Henry, he would be known as Harry.

11.43am update: Could duke and duchess be waiting until Prince Charles is back to reveal name?
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could be choosing to wait until Prince Charles is back from France to reveal the baby’s name.

Leading royal commentator Victoria Arbiter predicted the family were waiting to return from Villiers-Bretonnueux where he was attending an Anzac Day dawn service.

She wrote on Twitter: “So, no baby name today. Can only assume they’re waiting for Charles to get back from France to meet his new grandson first. Can’t complain about that.”

Ms Arbiter said all family members would want to meet the baby before the name was announced.

It is understood that Prince Charles returned to London late on Wednesday.

10.11am update: Record amount of royal bets
Leading bookmaker Coral has now taken a record amount of bets on the name of the new Royal baby, far exceeding the births of Prince George and Princess Charlotte, as the wait goes on for the announcement.

Harry Aitkenhead, of Coral, said: “We are being kept waiting by William and Kate and this is only drumming up more excitement over what the new Prince will be called. Punters are rushing to get their bets on and surely won’t have to wait too much longer to find out if they’re going to be pocketing a few extra pounds,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

“Coral now make Alexander the joint favourite alongside Arthur, both at odds of 5-2. James (6-1) and Albert (both 6-1) remain well fancied but there has been a late surge for Louis which is now just 8-1.

“Arthur remains at the head of the market but has now been joined by Alexander after a flurry of bets yesterday. Louis was a rank outsider at 33-1 just days ago but has also been the subject of support in the betting and has seen its odds slashed,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.”

Royal baby name: Alexander is now the new favourite among punters
9.19am update: Alexander new favourite among punters
A new favourite name has overtaken Arthur – Alexander has now been backed ahead of the long-running favourite Arthur.

The moniker James has a 6/1 chance with the bookies, leaving Louis fancies at 8/1 and Philip at 12/1.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “Alexander and Arthur are the only two names royal fans are backing at the moment, and they’re struggling to tear the two apart after William’s ‘hint’ on Wednesday.”

She added: “As for the announcement from Kensington Palace, it’s surely coming sooner, rather than later. It would be rather cruel to keep royal watchers waiting for another day to find out the name for the little Prince.”

7.46am: Kensington Palace still not confirmed name
The royal baby still does not have a name as we enter day three of waiting.

Yesterday the Duke of Cambridge sparked a frenzy of betting when he joked his son could be named Alexander following a conversation with the Australian High Commissioner, Alexander Downer.

The bookies are reporting a flurry of bets have been placed on the name as a result, forcing them to slash their odds from 10/1 to just 5/1.

Today has reopened with Alexander as the favourite, overtaking Arthur, at odds of 2/1, Arthur is now 4/1 and Louis offered at 5/1.

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “If you have backed a different name, don’t throw away your slips just yet.”

5.38am: Odds from Ladbrokes
As of this morning, the odds for the Royal Baby’s name on Ladbrokes are as follows:

Alexander – 3/1

Arthur – 3/1

James – 6/1

1.46am: A third day of waiting

We’ve now entered a third day since the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth but are still so far unsure what her new child will be called.

With the names of both Prince George and Princess Charlotte announced 48 hours after their birth, many had expected yesterday to be the day the name would be announced.

Now that deadline has past, it is completely unknown when the Palace will make the announcement.

Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams also believed the announcement would have been made on Wednesday.

10.05pm: Royal punters kill time with ludicrous baby name suggestions

While the world impatiently waits for Kensington Palace to break the news, punters have been coming up with some very farfetched ideas on social media.

Louise, @astolante, tweeted: “Strong names: Wolverine, Megatron, Kratos, Link, Sephiroth.

“They all pair nicely with Windsor.”

Lady T, @LadyTCooks, tweeted: “I’m hoping the Royals take a note from the Kardashian’s and call the new royal baby North… as that would make him North Windsor or Slough for short.”

Meanwhile [email protected], @KaiseratCB, said: “For a terrible moment, I thought ‘Joseph James DeAngelo’ was trending because that was the royal baby’s name.”

8.05pm: ’William and Kate waiting for Prince Charles before big announcement’

Royal commentator Victoria Arbiter thinks the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could be waiting for Prince Charles to return to the UK, before annulling their son’s name.

She said: “So, no baby name today. Can only assume they’re waiting for Charles to get back from France to meet his new grandson first. Can’t complain about that.”

Earlier today Ms Arbiter teased Alexander is indeed a “strong name” but an unlikely choice because it is Prince George’s middle name.

Instead she suggested Arthur Michael Philip is a much more suitable choice.

8pm: Sebastian Kettley takes over live reporting from Kat Hopps.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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