Despite the Duke and Duchess revealing Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s monikers just two day’s after they were born, we’re still waiting for an official announcement revealing the name they have chosen for the new prince.
But what do the nation’s bookmakers think?
When the Duchess of Cambridge went into labour, Arthur was the leading boy’s name. And the traditional but popular moniker is a stellar contender, as it is one of Prince Charles’ middle names.
Philip was sitting closely behind at 11/1, while at 13/1, Frederick and James were also top suggestions.
But eagle-eyed royal fans think they may have worked out that the new prince will be named Albert thanks to a bit of website detective work by the Daily Mail.
If you type in http://www.royal.uk/prince-albert into a search engine, a page on the Royal Family’s website displays reading ‘access denied’.
Royal fans think this suggests a new page has been set up dedicated to the new royal prince Albert.
Interestingly, if you type in any of the other rumoured names – www.royal.uk/prince-arthur or http://www.royal.uk/prince-james or http://www.royal.uk/prince-philip – the page reads ‘page not found’, which people think suggests that no pages for these names have been created.
The plot thickens.
Much as we’d like to believe that Kensington Palace has dropped a clanger and revealed the royal name before the official announcement, here at Yahoo Style UK we’ve been doing our own bit of investigating and we’re not convinced this is the case.
If you add a ‘0’ onto the end of the urls for George, Charlotte and Albert, the pages work perfectly fine. The site royal.uk/prince-george-0 brings up Prince George’s page, royal.uk/princess-charlotte-0 goes to Princess Charlotte’s page and royal.uk/prince-albert-0 opens the page belonging to Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert.
It is still somewhat of a mystery why 0s have been added to these pages? Some fans are speculating that it’s because Albert is the chosen name and so the Cambridges want to give him the royal.uk/prince-albert url so added a 0 to the late Prince Albert’s page to make this happen.
The website speculation has had a knock on effect on the bookmakers with odds on Albert plunging from 12/1 to 1/2 favourite.
However Twitter users were quick to point out how controversial the name would be, given it is also the nickname for a penis piercing.
So they have named the royal baby after a knob piercing! Prince Albert!
— Adam Roberts (@aroberts_uk) April 27, 2018
surely they can’t call the royal baby Prince Albert, just makes me think of the piercing
— Kyra (@_KyraHoll_) April 27, 2018
— Victoria Fritz (@VFritzNews) April 27, 2018
Others pointed out that it was unlikely the IT department of Kensington Palace would be the first to know the royal baby name.
Earlier this week on a sleepy appearance by the new dad on Anzac day, Prince William joked that his second son had a “strong name,” but also revealed that the couple were still working on it.
But Alexander could also be a potential moniker following a chat William had with Australia’s outgoing High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Alexander Downer during the Anzac day service.
“Have you thought about the name Alexander for him?” Downer asked. And Prince Williams seemed to be keen on the idea.
“Well, it’s funny you should say that. It’s a good name,” he said.
Alexandra is also the middle name of the baby boy’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, and Alexander is also the middle name of older brother Prince George, so there is quite a lot of credibility to the name suggestion.
Albert has been a bookies favourite right since the Duchess’ pregnancy was first announced.
According to PA, Queen Victoria used to insist that the name Albert was used as a middle name by her descendants, if not a first, in honour of her much-loved consort Prince Albert.
By choosing Albert or Bertie for a boy, William and Kate would also be honouring Queen Elizabeth II’s father, George VI, who was actually Albert Frederick Arthur George but always known to his family as Bertie.
Shy, stammering Bertie was forced to become king when his brother Edward VIII abdicated, but won the nation’s affection by standing firm in London during the Second World War.
So there are some pretty compelling reasons behind the potential name choice, but who really knows?
Guess we’ll just have to watch this space.
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