James and Philip have become the bookies’ new favorite names for Princess Eugenie’s baby.
The son of Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank – the Queen and ninth great-grandchild of the Duke of Edinburgh – was born on Tuesday at the exclusive Portland Hospital weighing 8 pounds 1 ounce.
The couple, who are settling as a new family of three, have yet to reveal what their baby will be called.
Bookmaker Coral said James overtook Arthur in the name bets while Betfair has Philip – after the baby’s 99-year-old great-grandfather – as a new favorite.
The royal family traditionally waits for the queen to be informed of a baby’s name before releasing it.
The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh should be happy about the newcomer, as well as the first-time grandparents, the Duke of York and Sarah, the Duchess of York.
Coral’s odds that the Queen’s granddaughter and Mr. Brooksbank chose James are 2-1, while Arthur is 3-1, Oliver 6-1, and Edward 8-1.
Coral’s John Hill said, “James skipped Arthur in our baby name and made a bet on Princess Eugenie’s boy.
“It’s obviously a name that has a lot of royal tradition, so it’s no surprise it’s a favorite over the likes of Arthur and Oliver.”
James is a Stuart name. James I, son of Mary, Queen of Scotland, was King of Scotland as James VI for 36 years when he became King of England in 1603.
Eugenie already has a cousin, James – the Earl and Countess of Wessex ’13-year-old son Viscount Severn.
But Betfair has Philip 4-1, Arthur 5-1 and the more unusual Godfrey 5-1 too.
Betfair spokesman Sam Rosbottom said: “Royal Punters are helping you name your new jumping boy after his great-grandfather.
“Philip was 25-1 but is now a 4-1 favorite after being slashed overnight.”
Ladbrokes still has Arthur as a favorite and reduces the odds from 5-1 to 4-1.
Arthur recalls the legend of King Arthur – the mythical leader of the Knights of the Round Table.
It was a popular middle name for royal boys during the Windsor era – but not a common first name.
Ladbrokes also reported a “deluge of weird and wonderful” bets.
Spokesman Alex Apati said: “The bets suggest Eugenie and Jack will choose a traditional royal name, although a handful of punters apparently assume the lucky couple will opt for something more out there.”
Tarquin is 12-1, Humphrey 16-1 and Horatio and Quentin 25-1, Barnaby and Axel 33-1, Boris 200-1.
When Eugenie was born in 1990, the Duke and Duchess of York’s unusual choice of names for their second daughter surprised everyone.
Pronounced “Yoo-junnee”, it was inspired by one of Queen Victoria’s granddaughters, Victoria Eugenie von Battenberg, and the princess is nicknamed “Euge”.
Eugenie, 30, and Mr. Brooksbank gave the world the first look at their baby Tuesday, posting a black and white picture on Instagram of their hands rocking his tiny fingers and wrist.
Buckingham Palace said both the princess and baby are fine and that Mr Brooksbank was by his wife’s side during the birth.
The Duchess of Sussex also had her son Archie at the posh, private Portland Hospital in central London, and Eugenie was born there, as was her sister, Princess Beatrice.
The baby ranks eleventh on the throne, and his arrival means the Queen and Philip’s youngest son, Edward, Earl of Wessex, who was third when he was born in 1964, moves to twelfth place in the Series of advanced is succession.