Will it be George, Alexander, James or Louis?
The royal baby has been the focus of intense speculation for weeks leading up to the birth and has now spawned baby name pools at numerous workplaces.
George, the 9-4 favourite as of Monday afternoon, would be a particular delight to residents of Prince George, B.C.
And if the newborn prince eventually ascends to the throne he would be King George VII. The previous King George VI famously took the throne on the eve of the Second World War after the abdication of his brother and reigned until 1952, when Elizabeth II was crowned. The Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech portrayed George VI’s struggle with stammering as he gave critical wartime speeches.
George would also bring a smile and a hope for a future visit to Surrey royal watchers who live near the city’s King George Boulevard.
Prince ‘Edward’ – think PEI – would likely be welcomed nationally, but has more distant 25-1 odds, with the likes of Spencer, Benjamin, Alfred and Richard.
More distant 50-1 longshots or worse are Francis, Harry, Patrick, Luke, Leo and Samuel.
The eight-pound six-ounce royal baby was pronounced healthy at 4:24 p.m. London time at St. Mary’s Hospital.
For astrology watchers, the new prince and probable future king is, appropriately, a Leo.