Bookies take white Royal (wedding) hammering
After thinking that Buckingham Palace's in-house security had been as watertight as the QE2, it now looks more like the Titanic with almost all the punters' favourites Royal gambles coming in.
Losses included no rain falling (2/7) and the Queens hat being Yellow (backed in from 8-1 to 1-5), while Kate's dress being designed by Sarah Burton (1-2) also resulted in a decent four figure victory for punters, while Hill's also paid out on BOTH first and second favourites for the wedding dress colour (ivory and white).
'The dress appeared to be white but with some ivory trimmings, so we are taking the hit and paying out on both colours' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Not for the first time, David Beckham also got in on the bookie-bashing act, arriving clean shaven (4/5) as punters had predicted.
The one minor, victory for Hills came in the shape of Kate's train which measured at 7.12 feet. Hill's heavy favourite for the length of train had been between 8 and 20 feet.
"We have been on the end of a Royal roasting as almost every favourite has come in and we will be paying out a six figure sum in the next couple of days!" said Hill's spokesman Rupert Adams. "The only light relief for us was the fact that Phillip managed to stay awake and Harry did not drop the ring!"
Hills are also praying that the horse running at the 5.30pm Fontwell today is not succesful. 'We have taken thousands of bets for Royal Wedding to win, and it has been backed from 8/1 to 4/1 to pull off the most appropriate coincidence bet since Royal Mark won on the day ion 1973 when Princess Anne wed Capt Mark Philips' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
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