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Bookies reveal the new Royal Baby name

Australian Women's Weekly logo Australian Women's Weekly 6 days ago Bella Brennan

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Royal Baby watch, 2018 is officially under way, with Duchess Catherine and Prince William due to welcome their third child in April.

And while the bookies are convinced the Duchess is expecting a daughter, they've since updated their name predictions with Alice no longer the firm favourite.

According to Ladbrokes, Princess Mary is now the top pick with the odds at 7-1.

The exciting update comes after a serious spike in the north-west of England with punters putting their money behind Mary.

Prince William and Duchess Catherine are due to welcome their third child in April and the bookies have this classic name picked for the front-runner.: Bookies reveal the new Royal Baby name © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Bookies reveal the new Royal Baby name

Paddy Power have also slashed their odds of the Cambridge bub being called Mary from 12-1 to 3-1.

Following behind Mary are Alice and Victoria with 8-1 odds, while Alexandra is at 16-1.

"We can't quite put our finger on the link between Mary and the North West, but the overwhelming support means we have a new favourite in the royal baby name market," Ladbrokes spokesperson Jessica Bridge explained of the unusual spike.

"Punters are convinced the Duke and Duchess are expecting another little girl, and obviously it would be a lovely touch to honour Her Majesty's grandmother, but it will be interesting to see if any boys' names are backed over the coming weeks before the birth."

a couple of people that are standing in the rain holding an umbrella: Princess Mary is the new favourite title. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Princess Mary is the new favourite title.

Mary would make for a classic choice and suit perfectly with Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The moniker is also one of The Queen's middle names and throughout history, there have been two Queen Marys to take to the British throne.

As for the boys' picks, the bookies have Albert and Arthur tied in the top spot at 12-1.

If there's one thing we know for sure is that Wills and Kate will most definitely opt for a classic choice, drenched in history and Mary certainly fits the bill. 

a young man wearing a striped shirt and smiling at the camera: One thing is for sure - it will most definitely be a regal-sounding name, like Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd One thing is for sure - it will most definitely be a regal-sounding name, like Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.

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