World kept guessing over name of Britain's baby princess

World kept guessing over name of Britain's baby princess
Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby daughter outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London.

LONDON - Royal watchers around the world waited to discover the name of the two-day-old British princess born to Prince William and his wife Kate, which could be announced on Monday.

The couple left hospital with their newborn daughter on Sunday -- and when their toddler son George was born in 2013 his name was announced the day after they left hospital.

In the meantime, speculation over what name might be given to the princess heated up.

Alice and Charlotte are vying to be the bookmakers' favourite, followed by Victoria, Olivia and Elizabeth.

But some commentators urged the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to name the princess after William's mother Diana, who died in a 1997 car crash aged 36, prompting an outpouring of public grief.

"As the nation waits, why the Princess must be called Diana" read a headline on the front page of The Telegraph.

"William's late mother was there in spirit, outside the hospital on Saturday, her oval sapphire and diamond engagement ring on the hand Kate used to adjust the sleeping baby's shawl," journalist Allison Pearson wrote in the article.

"William gave his fiancee that ring so that his mother, as he said, could be part of their wedding, and I'm sure her name will be passed on to his daughter in the same spirit of commemoration."

The Star put a photo of Diana on its front page, writing "Fans want the new Princess's name to include a tribute to Wills' mother."

There have been a flurry of bets placed on the birth, and one punter walked away with £15,000 (S$30,000) after placing a £10,000 wager the baby would be a girl.

Jessica Bridge of bookmakers Ladbrokes said that the betting markets had been "total mayhem" over the last 24 hours.

"Bookies all over the UK are hoping and praying for any name other than Alice, Charlotte, Victoria, Elizabeth, Olivia, Alexandra or Diana," Bridge said.

Grandparents visit

Close family may already have been told the name, and on Sunday both sets of grandparents came to visit William and Kate, Prince George and the new baby.

William's father Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, went to see them at Kensington Palace, as did Kate's parents Michael and Carole Middleton, and her sister Pippa.

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