Apparently all sectors of the British economy are being boosted by Royal wedding fever: even the bookies are raking it in. Will Prince William be forced to wait at the altar due to excessive train fluffing? Will Carole Middleton (mother of the bride) chew gum? Will Prince Harry be too drunk to finish his speech? Weigh the likelihood and shell out accordingly.
By Julien Girault (AFP) – 2 days ago
LONDON — British bookmakers are having a field day taking bets on every aspect of the royal wedding, from the first dance to the Queen’s hat — and Prince Philip nodding off during the ceremony.
Betting shops, an institution on every British high street, regularly offer “specials” on politics and reality television programmes alongside the usual sporting staples of football and horse racing.
And major chains wasted no time offering a vast range of odds on the wedding once Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November.
“If it’s not exciting enough for viewers at home, we’re giving them the chance of an additional thrill on the big day,” Ladbrokes betting chain spokesman Alex Donohue told AFP.
“We’re definitely reaching new customers. Lots of women are coming this time to bet on the colour of the Queen’s hat and who is going to be there. There are many men as well who usually don’t bet.”
Betting on the Queen’s hat is a regular Ascot races punt. Yellow is the 5-4 favourite for the wedding. Elsewhere in the headwear stakes, punters reckon Middleton will wear a traditional tiara.
But it’s not just the royals being bet on.
Purple is the 4-1 favourite colour for pop star guest Victoria Beckham’s dress.
ok…really? Yep, I just re-read the excerpt and we really are betting on what an ex-Spice Girl is wearing. Someone on high had better save us all, not just the Queen!
to place your bets (in the UK that is) http://betting.ladbrokes.com/en/royal-wedding-bets