7 favourite names for the Duke and Duchess' new royal baby

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Who will join George and Charlotte? Which name is currently the betting markets’ favourite?

The BBC are reporting that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child. The new “royal baby” will be the fifth in line to throne, following Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The question now is: what will the child be called?

1. Alice

The current favourite name is Alice. According to Oddschecker, the shortest odds available for the name are 8/1 with BoyleSports, but 10/1 is the most common available. The name Alice is common in the royal family’s history, for instance, Queen Victoria’s third child was called Alice, as was Prince Philip’s mother, who was also a great-granddaughter of Victoria.

Yes, that’s right, the relation makes Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip third cousins.

2. Arthur

Even if Arthur were to be chosen, the chances of a future King Arthur are more or less nil, with both George and Charlotte ahead of the third child in the waiting list for the throne. The name has a history in Britain’s royal family: one of Queen Victoria’s sons was called Arthur, and one of Prince William’s middle names is also Arthur. PaddyPower offer odds of 10/1 while William Hill offer odds of 12/1 for a Prince Arthur.

3. Frederick

The name Frederick comes in as the third favourite, with PaddyPower and Betway offering odds of 14/1. Frederick was the name of Princess Victoria’s husband Frederick III, who briefly served as the Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia. PaddyPower and Betway offer odds of 14/1 for Will and Kate’s third child to be called Frederick.

4. Victoria

There is no denying that Victoria is a popular name in the British Royal Family, and Britain at large. Queen Victoria was Britain’s second-longest serving monarch, beaten only by the current Queen. If the new royal baby is a girl then Victoria is certainly a possibility, considering that neither of Princess Charlotte’s two middle names (Elizabeth and Diana) are Victoria. PaddyPower offers odds of 10/1, shorter than the 14/1 offered by BetStars.

5. Elizabeth

If the new royal child were to be named Elizabeth, then she would share the same name as the Queen. It is also worth noting that Kate Middleton’s middle name is Elizabeth. Therefore, Elizabeth is a possibility, however, with one of Charlotte’s middle names already Elizabeth, the chances appear to be quite slim. BetFair and PaddyPower each offer odds of 16/1 for a Princess Elizabeth.

6. Philip

Philip is of course, also the name of Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, who turned 96 years old in June. Philip is also one of William’s middle names, so a new Prince Philip could be on the cards. PaddyPower offer odds of 16/1 and William Hill offer odds of 14/1.

7. Alexander

SkyBet and PaddyPower each offer odds of 16/1 for the new royal addition to be called Prince Alexander. The name is a popular one in the royal family, however, with one of George’s middle names already being Alexander, the odds of a new Alexander are rather slim.

All odds mentioned can be found on Oddschecker, which can be accessed here. All odds are accurate as of 5th September.