Now that your March basketball bracket has pretty much gone up in flames, it’s time to move on to a new bet. With Meghan Markle’s due date sometime in the not-so-distant future, it’s time to start wagering on the royal baby name—at least if you live in the United Kingdom.

While you might have your own fave name, Ladbrokes’ (a British betting company) top three picks are currently Elizabeth (5/1 odds), Diana (6/1 odds) and Victoria (8/1 odds). And yes, it seems like the odds are in favor of a girl birth—judging by the name choices.

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Along with the three top girl names, the British betting public is wagering on Albert, Philip, Arthur and James as boy picks.

So how did the top names get to the first spots on the wagering list? Obviously Elizabeth and Diana are close to the royal parents-to-be hearts. Until recently the Queen’s Apr. 21 birthday was pushing Elizabeth to the front of the pack. In a press release, Ladbrokes’ Alex Apati said, “It’s no coincidence that punters backing the royal baby to be born on the Queen’s birthday are expecting Harry and Meghan to opt for ‘Elizabeth’ on the name front.”

Even the Queen’s birthday has come and gone (without a royal birth), her name is still in the number one place—at least for now!

—Erica Loop

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