Royal Wedding Announcement: All bets are on (and mostly silly)
Earlier this week the news broke that Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged to be married – and along with all the column inches it’s filled up, bookies are now taking bets on some of the more trivial matters of the impending Royal Wedding.
Along with the actual stories of interest, such as when and where the wedding will take place, bookmakers have reported a huge surge in the placing of such frivolous bets as what colour hat the Queen will wear for the big day; and even who (if anyone) will catch the bouquet!
Front runners for the venue of the Royal Wedding are Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral (where Prince Charles and Princess Diana were wed) and St. Clement Dane, though Ladbrokes has suggested that the happy couple may want to avoid all the fuss and furore by tying the knot in a Las Vegas chapel. The odds may be 1000-1 but hey, it’s an option! While we’re on the subject of the gambling city of the world, Paddy Power offers 12-1 that William will spend his stag night in Vegas.
As for the date of the ceremony, cards are still being played close to the Royal Chest. However, speculation (and common sense) suggests that we’ll be toasting the happy couple in the late spring of 2011, with William Hill coughing up at 11/4 that the wedding will take place in May.
Outside of those lucky enough to attend the ceremony, viewers will be tuning in in their droves to watch the biggest royal wedding since Charles and Di made the commitment in July 1981. Their wedding was watched by 28.4 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched events in the UK to this day. Ladbrokes offers 4/9 that the combined viewing audience of the BBC and ITV will be between 30-34 million viewers; quite a feat in this modern age.