• Coast Online - Love the Music

    Now Playing

    Love the Music - Coast Online

  • THE DOORS - Light My Fire

    Previously Played

    Light My Fire - THE DOORS

  • CULTURE CLUB - KARMA CHAMELEON

    Previously Played

    KARMA CHAMELEON - CULTURE CLUB

  • THE JACKSONS - SHAKE YOUR BODY(DOWN TO THE GROUND)

    Previously Played

    SHAKE YOUR BODY(DOWN TO THE GROUND) - THE JACKSONS

  • Coast online - All the Classic Hits .

    Previously Played

    All the Classic Hits . - Coast online

  • Diana Ross & the Supremes - YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE

    Previously Played

    YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE - Diana Ross & the Supremes

  • BONEY M - RIVERS OF BABYLON

    Previously Played

    RIVERS OF BABYLON - BONEY M

  • RICK ASTLEY - NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP

    Previously Played

    NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP - RICK ASTLEY

  • DIRE STRAITS - Twisting By The Pool

    Previously Played

    Twisting By The Pool - DIRE STRAITS

  • CHIC - I WANT YOUR LOVE

    Previously Played

    I WANT YOUR LOVE - CHIC

  • PRINCE - RASPBERRY BERET

    Previously Played

    RASPBERRY BERET - PRINCE

  • ROBERT PALMER - BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU

    Previously Played

    BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU - ROBERT PALMER

  • Bill Medley / Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) THE TIME OF MY LIFE

    Previously Played

    (I've Had) THE TIME OF MY LIFE - Bill Medley / Jennifer Warnes

  • BILLY JOEL - MY LIFE

    Previously Played

    MY LIFE - BILLY JOEL

  • BILLY OCEAN - Love Really Hurts Without You

    Previously Played

    Love Really Hurts Without You - BILLY OCEAN

  • MADONNA - INTO THE GROOVE

    Previously Played

    INTO THE GROOVE - MADONNA

  • DAN HARTMAN - Instant Replay

    Previously Played

    Instant Replay - DAN HARTMAN

  • KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND - Shake Your Booty

    Previously Played

    Shake Your Booty - KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND

  • CLIFF RICHARD - CARRIE

    Previously Played

    CARRIE - CLIFF RICHARD

  • CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL - LOOKIN' OUT MY BACK DOOR

    Previously Played

    LOOKIN' OUT MY BACK DOOR - CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

  • AMERICA - YOU CAN DO MAGIC

    Previously Played

    YOU CAN DO MAGIC - AMERICA

The new royal baby's name

Section
News,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 3:00PM
Photo / Getty Images
Photo / Getty Images

Mary is the new favourite name for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's baby, according to bookmakers.

Alice was tipped as the top choice for a girl, but betting agency Ladbrokes now has Mary ahead of Alice, with odds of 7-1.

According to the Daily Mail, it follows a serious gamble on Mary in the north-west of England.

Paddy Power has suspended bets on William and Kate's third child being a girl and also slashed odds of the baby being called Mary from 12-1 to 3-1.

Mary is one of the Queen's middle names. It was also her grandmother's name - Queen Mary - who was Mary of Teck and married to George V.

Britain has seen two Marys on the throne - Mary I, known as Bloody Mary for her persecution of Protestants, and Mary II, who ruled jointly as monarch with her Dutch husband William III.

The last example of a great-granddaughter of a still-serving sovereign born on the male line was Princess Mary, who was born in 1897 and was George VI's sister.

Jessica Bridge, of Ladbrokes, said: "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."

She added: "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."

Mary has steadily fallen out of fashion over the last century.

In 1904, it was the most popular name given to girls in England and Wales.

But it not longer appears in the list of top 100 girls' names in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Ladbrokes has Mary at odds of 7-1, followed by Alice and Victoria at 8-1 and Alexandra at 16-1, while Albert or Arthur are 12-1 for a baby boy.

Daily Mail