ARTHUR is bookies' favourite for name of newborn prince and Paddy Power is already paying out on Royal nod to legendary king

  • Bookmakers have seen a flurry of bets placed on William and Kate's infant boy 
  • William Hill said they had a very busy day with bets totally almost £100,000 
  • The 2-1 favourite Arthur and is followed in second place by James at 4-1

The baby son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could be named after the mythical King Arthur - if punters are to believed.

Bookmakers have seen a flurry of bets placed on William and Kate's infant boy being given the moniker of the famous leader of the Knights of the Round Table.

William Hill's Rupert Adams said they had a very busy day with bets totally almost £100,000 placed by punters, with the 2-1 favourite Arthur and second place James 4-1, best backed. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn son outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London

LATEST ODDS ON THE NAME OF KATE AND WILLIAM'S THIRD BABY

Arthur 2/1

James 4/1 

Albert 6/1 

Philip 8/1 

Alexander 10/1 

Thomas 16/1 

Frederick 25/1 

Henry 25/1 

Alfred 33/1 

Charles 33/1 

Edward 33/1 

Jack 33/1 

Louis 33/1 

William 33/1

The moniker has a strong royal pedigree as it is one of the middle names of both Charles and William.

Arthur supposedly lived in the 5th or 6th century and is said to have unified the country and set up his court at Camelot before being killed in a final epic battle.

Once popular, the name fell out of fashion but has had a revival in recent years. 

Former prime minister David Cameron has a son called Arthur.

Most think the couple will choose a traditional name.

But experts say there’s a possibility the choice may reflect the ­Middleton side of the family. 

For their other two chil­dren, the duke and duchess chose traditi­onal options, seen as a tribute to previous royals.

One female customer asked to put some £5,000 on Arthur - currently leading as the favourite name - at a bookmakers in Cheltenham.

Others are hedging their bets on Albert, Frederick, James and Philip. 

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