Of course, there is a lot of speculation as to what they will name the child who could one day be king or queen.
© 2012 CBS Interactive Inc. I would be surprised to see them chose it for the first name, but you get a lot of middle names in that family, so that gives them some wiggle room.”
(CBS News) Britain’s infamous tabloids are having a field day with the news that Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby. The official last name of the British Royal Family is Mountbatten-Windsor.
The biggest sport in London right now may be betting on a birth name.
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Name expert Laura Wattenberg, author of “The Baby Name Wizard,” said, “Diana is obviously a loaded name for that family. Queen Elizabeth II was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary after her mother Queen Elizabeth, her great grandmother Queen Alexandra and her grandmother, Queen Mary.
Royal expert Kate Williams said, “The royal family tend to use pretty traditional names.
With all the fuss about the new baby’s first name, perhaps we should spend more time wondering why the royals never use their last name. I think we’ll see Elizabeth in there somewhere for a girl, probably William and George somewhere there for a boy.”
But which names are getting the most buzz — and perhaps more importantly, what might tradition dictate?
Prince William is William Arthur Philip Louis, named in part after another Prince William, his grandfather Philip and Philip’s uncle Louis.
Scott said, “I think it’s going to be good news for the country, with no World Cup or Olympics to look forward to, this is going to be our national sport for the next eight or so months.”
There are some hoping a baby girl would be named Diana.
William and Catherine’s son or daughter will be the future king or queen, so that requires a moniker fitting of a monarch. The baby bookies give that name 9-1 odds. The late Princess Diana famously messed up her future husband’s four names on their wedding day in 1981, saying at the time, “Philip Charles Arthur George” instead of Charles Philip Arthur George. Prince William and Kate may not have spent a single minute thinking about it, but London’s odds makers have.
Royal names tend to resemble a royal flush.
Rory Scott, press officer of online betting company Paddy Power, said, “The name games have begun and the betting bonanza has certainly kicked off. We’re seeing money right across the board and a plethora of names, from Brittany at 500 to one, Chardonnay at 250 to one.”
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Mary and Victoria are leading the girl’s names with 8-1 odds, while John (8-1), Charles and George (both 10-1) are the best bets for boys. With far less of a chance, at 66-1, is Camilla.
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