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Oddsmakers announce royal baby name predictions for Will and Kate

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting a second baby in April 2015, just in time for their fourth wedding anniversary. The royal couple has not revealed whether the child (fourth in line to the British throne) is a boy or a girl, but oddsmakers are predicting not only the baby's gender but his or her name as well. So just what are those odds?

The odds of Will and Kate's second baby being a boy are 4-to-5, although there is an "even money shot" that the new baby will be a princess, according to Ladbrokes, a betting agency.

Should Prince George be joined by a little brother, the odds are 6-to-1 that he'll be named James. Other early favorites include Arthur (8-to-1), Charles (10-to-1) and Thomas (also 10-to-1).

Paddy Power, an Irish bookmaker, doesn't chime in on the baby-to-be's gender but does place 10-to-1 odds on the names Henry for a prince and Elizabeth for a princess.

Following Paddy Power's frontrunners are Arthur, William, Philip and Charles for a boy and Victoria, Charlotte, Alice and Alexandra for a girl.

The baby's name will likely include at least a couple of the above-mentioned names. After all, the legal name of big brother Prince George is actually George Alexander Louis. Dad's legal name is William Arthur Philip Louis, and Grandpa's given name is Charles Philip Arthur George.

"If there's one thing that baby George taught us it's that the British public love a punt on a royal offspring, and we're bracing ourselves for another baby betting bonanza," Paddy Power said in a statement. "Money is already pouring in by the pram load, and we expect this to be the biggest novelty betting market of the year."

Betting company William Hill anticipates a lot of action, too. "Last time around, we took over half a million pounds on the royal baby, and we fully expect that once again the British public will all have their own opinions on whether a boy or girl is on the way," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

Beyond the baby's gender and name, bettors are putting their money on the royal offspring's weight (5-to-1 odds for a birth weight of less than six pounds), hair color (6-to-4 odds for a brunette) and even the specific birthdate. William Hill predicts 16-to-1 odds that the baby will be born on Queen Elizabeth's birthday, April 21.

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