May 03, 2015

By Kim O'Hare

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Britain’s legal bookmakers have been busy taking in thousands of bets for the baby’s name the royal birth yesterday.

Britain’s newborn princess has spent her first night at home in London’s Kensington Palace, but the guessing game continues over what her name will be. There’s no fixed timetable for the announcement.

For weeks, the bookmakers been saying that Alice is the clear favourite. But in recent days Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, has become the front runner.

Other top possibilities included Olivia, Victoria, Elizabeth, Alexandra and Diana, the name of William’s late mother.

The newborn may herald a new generation in the monarchy, but it is customary for royals to look to their past for name ideas. The repetition of names in each generation is at least partly an effort to preserve the continuity of one of the world’s oldest institutions.

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