The royal baby watch is in full swing. The birth of Kate Middleton’s next child is affecting everything in Britain, from the economy to politics to gambling houses.
An English man has bet more than $15,000 that the next royal baby will be a girl and stands to win almost $23,000 if he’s right.
The punter, an English term for gambler, is a man in his late 30s from Manchester, England. He told the Daily Mail that this was his first wager on the royal family.
“I’m not really bothered by the royals, but I’d just had a big win and my missus reckons it’s a girl, so that’s a good enough reason for me.”
Ladbrokes, an English betting company, put the odds of the baby being a girl at 8/15 and a boy at 11/8.
The English are also laying wages on the date of birth, and with the Duchess already overdue by four days, it’s anybody’s guess when the baby will arrive. Palace sources say Kate’s due date was supposed to be Thursday, April 23.
The Duchess told the Telegraph that the baby should arrive by May 1, but those aficionados aiming for a long-shot payoff can place a bet with Ladbrokes for as late as May 10.
Kate Middleton’s last baby, Prince George, was born three days late on July 22, the day of a new full moon. The next full moon is May 4.
For those gamblers looking to official sources for tips, parking restrictions outside the hospital where Kate plans to give birth, the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital, expire April 30.
Odds the Duchess will give birth on her and William’s wedding anniversary, Wednesday April 29, are coming in at 4/1.
Names for the baby are also drawing speculation: Alice is the favorite girl’s name at 5/4 with Arthur the favorite boys name at 12/1.
Ladbrokes is also laying odds on the hair color and birth weight of Kate Middleton’s baby, the color of her dress when she leaves the hospital, and the first leader to congratulate her.
The birth of the next royal baby could bring a $121 million boost to the British economy as people buy souvenirs and memorabilia. If the baby is a girl, the retail and fashion industries could receive a boost for the foreseeable future, according to CNBC.
The British political spectrum could also swing based on Kate’s due date. A royal birth on May 7 could upset voters making their way to the polls, which would benefit British Conservatives, according to the Inquisitr.
It’s not too late to place your own wager on the royal birth.
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