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Stuart Dalgleish 17th Jun 2013 - 13:44

Blue backed in early hat colour gamble

With Royal Ascot starting on Tuesday, William Hill are betting on the colour of the Queen's Hat on Ladies' Day and have already racked up a good liability on Blue since opening the book following the Trooping of the Colour ceremony on Saturday.

Pink heads the betting as a 4-1 chance, but blue at 6-1 has been by far the most popular choice at this early stage, with whichever colours Her Majesty chooses for tomorrow and Wednesday also likely to influence the betting before the big day.

"We were thinking a pink hat would endorse the baby girl rumours around the Royal Family, but blue is definitely the punters pick so far and should it win, we will have to take our hats off to the punters who have perpetrated this gamble," said William Hill spokesman Jennie Prest.

William Hill have also seen a gamble this weekend on Charlotte to be the name of William and Kate's first baby, backed in from 20-1 to 4-1.

William Hill's betting on the predominant colour of the Queen's hat at Royal Ascot, Ladies Day Thursday 20th June - 4/1 Pink, 5/1 Yellow/Gold, 6/1 Green, 6/1 Blue, 13/2 Purple, 7/1 White, 8/1 Cream/Beige, 10/1 Turquoise, 10/1 Peach/Apricot, 12/1 Orange, Red, 14/1 Brown, 20/1 Grey/Silver, 25/1 Black, Others on request.

Name of William and Kate's first baby: 5/2 Alexandra; 4/1 Charlotte; 11/2 Elizabeth; 6/1 Diana; 7/1 Victoria; 12/1 George; 14/1 Alice; 14/1 Mary; 20/1 BAR

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