British oddsmaker Ladbrokes ran a race with dogs to choose a name for the royal baby due in April
British oddsmaker Ladbrokes figured it had as a good a manner of choosing as any other: Racing Corgis – famously the favorite pets of Queen Elizabeth II.
Ten Corgis in the “Barkingham Palace” Gold Cup vied for first place, with five females and five males in contention. All the dogs wore appropriately royal names on their backs.
The winner: Alexandra, with Camilla at her heels and Victoria coming in third. In the boys division, Spencer took top honors, with James and Boris taking second and third places.
In the betting world, Elizabeth is the current favorite for a girls name, with Alexandra and Victoria also popular, according to Ladbrokes. For boys, James is considered a real contender, with Spencer a long shot and Boris given very long odds indeed, according to the oddsmaker.
“There s a market for everything about the future prince or princess, from name and sex to weight and hair color, but it s the royal baby’s name that will attract thousands of bets across the UK,” says Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes.
Meanwhile, rival bookies William Hill’s top names are all girls: Elizabeth (9:2), Charlotte (5:1), Victoria (10:1), Diana (12:1) and Alexandra (14:1). There, people are starting to guess the baby’s birthday, with April 21 – the queen’s birthday – being the most popular choice.
“Hundreds of customers are placing their bets on the baby arriving then, says William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.
One thing is known: At a visit to a London children’s center March 18, Kate confirmed her due date was mid to late April.