For Royal baby’s name, U.K. favor Alexandra but U.S. say Elizabeth
By Jay Keller
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge, who are fast approaching a July 13th due date, anxiously await the birth of their first child, a Royal baby who will be a future King or Queen of England.
The Royal baby will have the title of the Prince or Princess of Cambridge but what Kate Middleton and Prince William decide to name him or her has drawn much speculation, interest and wagering.
As the Royal couple — affectionately known simply as William and Kate – approach their due date, at least one bookmaker across the pond is backing Alexandra to be the baby’s name.
Manchester-based Bookmakers Betfred spokesperson Mark Pearson said Friday that a baby girl has been the odds-on-favorite for several days and, after all, Alexandra is the Queen’s middle name.
Rounding out the top five are Charlotte, Elizabeth, Victoria and Diana followed by George and James in the sixth and seventh spots.
Alice, Mary, Eleanor and Grace complete the list of likely baby names according to one booking house in England.
In a poll conducted in late June, Ask.com surveyed its users in the about naming the Royal baby and the results showed that many expect the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge to choose a more traditional name.
If the Prince of Cambridge arrives, one in three Ask users think the future King will be named William, after his father, followed by Edward (27 percent), Charles (23 percent) or George (16 percent).
Elizabeth is considered to be the most likely name for the Princess of Cambridge as 29 percent of respondents said the future Queen will be named after her grandmother.
Charlotte, Victoria and Diana rounded out the popular names for a princess, according to Ask.com.
“We’ve seen conversation around famous babies reach a fever pitch on Ask.com,” Ask.com celebrity and trend expert Valerie Combs said in a statement last month. “Our data shows Americans have strong opinions and limitless imagination on this.”