When Princess Eugenie announced that she had named her baby son August, she confounded the bookmakers who had favored traditional royal names. So with her sister Princess Beatrice yet to announce the name for her newborn daughter, the field appears wide open as to what she might choose.
UK-based bookmaker William Hill announced today that the name Elizabeth was the new favorite with odds of 5/1, with a spokesman saying in a statement that there has been a “real move for Princess Beatrice to name her baby girl after the Queen.” Other favorites are Arabella with odds of 11/2, Francesca at 6/1, Florence at 6/1, and Matilda at 8/1. The royal names Victoria and Margaret both had odds of 10/1 at the time of the announcement.
A spokeswoman for bookmakers Ladbrokes, which is also based in the UK, said that "punters are convinced Beatrice and Edo's little girl will have an Italian inspired name." Their odds favor Arabella at 3/1, Matilda at 4/1 and Florence at 9/2. They place Elizabeth at 7/1, closely followed by Clementine and Giovanna, both with odds of 8/1.
Beatrice, 33, gave birth to her first child on Saturday, September 18, with an announcement from Buckingham Palace saying that the royal family was “delighted” with the news. The little girl is a sister to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi’s son from a previous relationship, Christopher Woolf.
Precedent suggests that royal fans could have a little longer to wait to find out the new baby’s name, as Eugenie announced the name of her son on February 20, 11 days after his birth on February 9. However, Beatrice has already done things differently to her sibling by choosing Chelsea and Westminster hospital instead of the Portland Hospital where August was born and where Sarah Ferguson gave birth to both Beatrice and Eugenie in 1988 and 1990.
As for how the name announcement will be made, that's also open to different possibilities. Eugenie chose her Instagram account to announce August's name as well as post the first pictures. While Beatrice is not on Instagram officially, she does have an active Twitter feed. Just in case royal fans needed an extra reason to keep an eye on social media.
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