Princess Beatrice: Holly and Phil discuss pregnancy reveal
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Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi wed last July in a secret lockdown wedding and are now expecting their first child together, which is due this autumn. Beatrice is already a stepmother to Edoardo’s son from a previous relationship. The couple are “very pleased” to be welcoming their first child, a statement from the Palace announced today.
The Palace added: “The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news.”
Traditionally, babies born into the Royal Family are given multiple names at birth, many of which often honour members of their family.
For example, Beatrice’s full name is Beatrice Elizabeth Mary.
However, this wasn’t the original name her parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew picked.
In fact, Fergie and the Duke of York had wanted to name their eldest daughter Annabel.
But the Queen wasn’t too keen on the name and instead suggested Beatrice, which was also the name of Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter.
Edo has a son with his former girlfriend, American architect Dara Huang, who was born in 2016 and is called Christopher. However, the couple tend to call him Wolfie.
So what could the couple call their first child together?
What will Royal Baby be called?
According to the bookies, Bea and Edo could choose to honour her grandfather Prince Philip if they have a boy, who died last month aged 99 – with Philip taking odds of 3/1.
A spokesman for Mybettingsites.co.uk said: “Beatrice and Edo’s pregnancy announcement is the fantastic news that royal fans have been desperate to hear ever since the couple’s wedding.
“The latest betting suggests the baby will be born in October 2021 and if the odds are anything to go by, royal fans are convinced the couple is set to welcome a little baby boy.
“Beatrice and younger sister Eugenie have on numerous occasions spoken about having children at a similar time, to ensure their babies have a close bond – similar to what the two sisters have with each other.
“The other market that royals punters are backing like never is when Meghan will announce the birth of their baby girl, which May being the overwhelming favourite at 1/2, which is an implied probability of 66.7 percent.”
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Mybettingsites says the following 11 names are most popular right now:
- Philip (3/1)
- Arthur 5/1
- Albert 7/1
- James 7/1
- Edward 7/1
- Alice 8/1
- Oliver (10/1)
- Victoria (10/1)
- Elizabeth (12/1)
- Henry (12/1)
- Hugo (12/1)
Beatrice is also known to be close to her grandmother, so could include Elizabeth as part of her baby’s name.
However, as Beatrice and Edoardo are not working royals, they may opt for a more unusual name.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shocked royal fans when they called their firstborn son Archie Harrison, while Prince Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank have named their first child August.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes added: “The latest odds suggest Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo will opt for a beautiful and traditional name with a nod to the latter’s Italian roots, and as things stand it’s Florence (4/1) and Theodore (9/2) leading the way in the betting.”
Other more unusual names include Arabella 5/1, Cecilia, Julius and Francesco at 6/1, Emmeline and Madeleine at 13/2 and Clementine at 7/1. They could also plump for Allegra at 10/1.
While Coral adds Lily at 8/1, Sarah at 14/1 and Andrew at 25/1. The firm’s John Hill said: “Victoria has opened up as the early favourite (3/1) and it is no surprise as it obviously has a lot of history in the Royal family.
“We have seen early bets on Arthur (5/1), Oliver (6/1) and Mary (6/1), three names which are also prominent in the betting.
“In terms of some of the other names in our betting, Boris (250/1), Piers (100/1) and Keir (66/1) are all big outsiders!”
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