Kate Middleton Pregnant: What Will the Baby's Name Be?

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Let the royal name game begin!

More than 19 months after saying "I do" in front of the world at Westminster Abbey, Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their first child, the palace announced on Monday. The news follows endless speculation over when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would produce an heir.

Now that the royal baby is finally a reality, betting has begun on what the couple will name Britain's possible future monarch. Europe's largest bookmaker, Paddy Power, has made Mary, Victoria and John the frontrunners — with 8/1 odds — for the name of Kate and Wills' first-born. Other monikers in competition include Diana and Frances, which both stand a 9/1 shot. Anne, Charles and Philip are all within a shout at 10/1. Paddy Power also rated Camilla as an unlikely 66/1, and Fergie as an outside chance on 250/1.

"There’s very little to choose from between the top ten or so names in the betting," a Paddy Power spokesperson said. "The nation will wait with bated breath on the blighters name — but I’d imagine some of our punters will be paying closer attention than most."

A royal baby name has the weight of history behind it. For instance, Diana was William's mother, the late Princess of Wales; Philip is William's grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh who is married to Queen Elizabeth II. George, William, Margaret, Frances, Victoria and Charles all also have strong royal family ties.

If Kate and Wills follow blue-blood tradition, their offspring could bear four names. The Duke of Cambridge is William Arthur Phillip Louis by birth. His brother, Prince Harry, is Henry Charles Albert David. And their father's given name is Charles Philip Arthur George.

But with the Duchess not even 12 weeks yet — according to the palace — the royal couple has more than enough time to settle on a moniker during what's sure to be the most closely watched pregnancy of 2013.

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