£10,000 wager on royal baby girl
A punter has bet £10,000 that the Duchess of Cambridge will give birth to a girl.
The man, in his late 30s and from Manchester, will collect more than £15,000 in winnings, which includes his original bet, if the royal baby is a princess.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes said the anonymous punter normally gambles on horse racing and football, and this is his first bet on the Royal Family.
The man said: "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 set the odds of the baby, due any day now, being a girl at 8/15 and 11/8 for a boy. William and Kate's fourth wedding anniversary on Wednesday April 29 is now one of the favourite arrival dates at 4/1.
Alice remains the favourite girls' name at 5/4, while Charlotte is 5/1. Arthur is the favourite boys' name at 12/1 and James has odds of 20/1.
As the wait for the royal baby continues, Prince Harry has a rapidly reducing window of opportunity to meet his new niece or nephew before he returns overseas.
He flew back to the UK to attend the London Marathon after commemorating the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey. He chatted to St John Ambulance volunteers and handed out medals to winners of the elite races. Harry is scheduled to return to Australia tomorrow.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's second child is due before the end of April and Kate plans to give birth at the exclusive Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London.
David Cameron has defended William and Kate for opting to use private health services rather than the NHS.
Asked if he was disappointed the Royal Family did not use the NHS, Mr Cameron told Murnaghan on Sky News today: ''I think it's a total matter of choice for people - what they use and where they have their babies.
''All I hope and pray for is there'll be happy, healthy news for that wonderful couple and for the whole country.''
He added: ''The NHS is superb and I've seen that in my own life in so many different ways but I believe in choice, I believe in people being able to do what they want to do, and as I say I've only got one thought about the royal baby which is a happy and healthy arrival.''
The baby will officially be overdue if Kate has not given birth by May 1, and even Kate herself has said the baby is due mid to late April. Parking restrictions outside the Lindo Wing run out after April 30.
Some believe labour is influenced by the lunar cycle and the arrival of a full moon, and the next full moon is on May 4.
The suggestion is that the moon's gravitational pull affects the amniotic fluid in the same way it affects the water in the sea and rivers.
When Kate gave birth last time on July 22, it was the day of a new full moon.