Most popular baby names for Princess Beatrices first child including Victoria and Arthur

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Princess Beatrice is expecting her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The Queen’s granddaughter, 32, and property developer Edoardo, 38, who is already dad to four year old Christopher Woolf – affectionately nicknamed Wolfie –, from a previous relationship, will welcome the new arrival later this year.

The special news was announced on The Royal Family's Instagram account alongside a picture of the pair on their wedding day in 2020.

It read: "Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice and Mr Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi are very pleased to announce that they are expecting a baby in autumn of this year.

"The Queen has been informed and both families are delighted with the news."

The baby, who will be The Queen's 12th great grandchild, following the arrival of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's second child this summer, is sure to have a name with a very special meaning.

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Leading bookmaker Coral has made Victoria their 3-1 favourite for the baby while Arthur is in second place at 5-1.

Victoria has a Latin origin meaning of “victory” and is the feminine version of the male name Victor.

Princess Beatrice may choose the name because of its family links to her great-great-great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria who reigned for 64 years from 1837 to 1901.

Meanwhile Arthur, which has a Celtic origin with the meaning of “bear”, could also be a favourite for Beatrice and Edoardo after Queen Victoria’s third son, Prince Arthur of Connaught, who was born in 1883.

The bookmaker has made Mary and Oliver as the joint third favourites at 6-1 for the little one.

Mary, which has a Hebrew meaning of “drop of the sea, beloved”, was name of Princess Beatrice’s great-great grandmother Queen Mary who was married to George V and died in 1953.

Oliver could be another forth runner after it topped the list of the most popular baby boy names in England and Wales for the seventh year running in 2020, according to data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Coral has placed bigger odd for names such as Keir at 66-1, Piers at 100-1 and Boris and 250-1.

“Victoria has opened up as the early favourite and it is no surprise as it obviously has a lot of history in the Royal family,” said Coral’s John Hill.

“We have seen early bets on Arthur, Oliver and Mary, three names which are also prominent in the betting,” added Mr Hill.

“In terms of some of the other names in our betting, Boris, Piers and Keir are all big outsiders!”

3-1 Victoria,

5-1 Arthur

6-1 Oliver,

6-1 Mary,

8-1 Edward,

8-1 Lily,

8-1 Elizabeth,

10-1 Philip,

10-1 Alice,

10-1 Alexander,

12-1 Henry,

14-1 Sarah,

25-1 Andrew,

66-1 Keir

100-1 Piers

250-1 Boris

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