Could this be the name the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge give their third baby?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could be preparing to welcome a second daughter [Photo: Getty]

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly set to welcome a second daughter and the chances are, the royal couple may name her Mary.

According to several reports, Paddy Power and Betfair have suspended bets on the next royal child’s gender after a ‘flurry of bets’ have been placed on the moniker, Mary.

Over at Ladbrokes, the betting firm has slashed the chances of Mary to 7/1 from a previous 20/1.

This turn of events follows a rise in bets across the north west of England with many putting their money on the royal moniker as the name of the couple’s third child.

Are Prince George and Princess Charlotte set to welcome a sister? [Photo: Getty]

Princess Alice was originally the betting firm’s first choice but the moniker has now fallen to second place (alongside Victoria) with odds of 8/1.

In terms of male names, Albert and Arthur are currently sitting pretty at joint top of the leaderboard with odds of 12/1.

A Paddy Power spokesman said: “We thought everyone was only talking about the royal wedding, until someone came along with a right royal bet on Kate and Wills’s third child.”

They continued, “We’re convinced now that it’ll be a little girl, with Mary now four times more likely after today’s betting.”

And the name Mary has strong royal connotations, as it is Queen Elizabeth II’s middle name.

While it’s also important to note, that Prince George Alexander Louis and Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana both bear names inspired by the Queen, Princes Charles, Prince William and Princess Diana.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will welcome their third child in April.

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