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Wednesday 28 September 2016

Punter's ten thousand good reasons that Kate has a girl

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Prince William (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George
Prince William (L) and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George

A punter has bet £10,000 (€14,000) 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 gamily.

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 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.

The Duke and Duchess'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 the couple 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 said: ''I think it's a total matter of choice for people - what they use and where they have their babies. "ll I hope and pray is there'll be happy, healthy news for that wonderful couple and for the whole country.''

The baby will officially be overdue if Kate has not given birth by May 1, and even she herself has said the baby is due mid to late April.

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