It is going to be an exciting year for the Royal Family, as Prince Harry is set to marry Meghan Markle, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their third child together, and Princess Eugenie has just announced her engagement to Jack Brooksbank.

The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth in just a couple of months in April, and the bookies are already saying that the baby will be a girl, and that she will be called Mary.

While the family haven't confirmed the sex or any names themselves, Ladbrokes is placing Mary with odds of 7/1 - the name previously stood at 20/1.

Paddy Power has slashed odds on the name Mary from from 12-1 to 3-1, too.

Some betting companies have even suspended betting on the sex, and there has also been hordes of bets being places on the name Mary in the north west of England.

Alice has dropped from the top spot, moving down to 8/1, which is the same odds as Victoria.

If the couple have a baby boy, bookies reckon that the tot could be called Arthur or Albert, having odds of 12/1.

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Jessica Bridge for Ladbrokes told Metro: "We can't quite put our finger on the link between Mary and the North West, but the overwhelming support means we have a new favourite in the royal baby name market.

"Punters are convinced the Duke and Duchess are expecting another little girl, and obviously it would be a lovely touch to honour Her Majesty's Grandmother, but it will be interesting to see if any boys' names are backed over the coming weeks before the birth."

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