Royal Baby Birth: Fans Hope Duchess Kate Delivers a Girl

Insiders insist William and Kate don't know if the baby is a boy or girl.

ByCAROLYN DURAND and MARY PFLUM
April 17, 2015, 10:46 AM

— -- For three decades, the world has been transfixed by little royal boys in line to the throne -- beginning with the duo of Princes Wiliam and Harry and most recently continuing to William’s first-born, Prince George.

As Prince William, 32, and his wife, Duchess Kate, 33, prepare to welcome their second child, there is a resounding question: Could this little royal at last be a girl?

“People love George but let’s face it, there’s nothing like a princess in a dress,” said ABC News’ royal contributor Victoria Murphy. "I think if it’s a girl it’s a much bigger story.”

In London, the great Kate wait is in full swing.

The barriers have been put up at the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital, where the Duchess of Cambridge is expected to soon welcome her second child and the fourth-in-line to the British throne. Media pens were installed Thursday outside the hospital and the Palace has marked off the spots for major media organizations.

Royal insiders insist William and Kate do not know if the baby is a girl or a boy.

The bookies in London have slashed the odds that the new royal sibling will be a girl called Alice at 5-4. Elizabeth and Charlotte are second at 6-1. Victoria and the sentimental favorite Diana, in memory of the baby’s late grandmother, come in at 14-1. The name Alexandra has dropped to 16-1

Among the name favorites for a boy, Arthur and James now top the betting lists at U.K-based betting company Ladbrokes betting lists at 20-1. Phillip and Henry, the proper name of the baby’s uncle, Prince Harry, are not far behind at 25-1.

Even more exciting are the 7-1 odds from the William Hill betting agency that the royal baby bundle of joy will be born this weekend. Duchess Kate has said only that she is due sometime between now and the end of April

If the royal baby comes later this month, he or she could share a birthday with the Queen – who turns 89 on April 21st – or arrive on its parents’ fourth wedding anniversary, April 29th.

Tells us in the comments: What is your pick for the royal baby’s name?

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