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Punters betting on colour of royal baby's hair

Punters are already placing bets on the most obscure details of the upcoming royal birth following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement.

People can predict the baby's hair colour, birth date and whether Kate and William will welcome triplets into the royal family.

One bookmaker is offering 6/4 that the baby's hair will be brown, ahead of fair (5/2), red (3/1) or black (5/1).

There are currently odds of 33/1 the Duchess will give birth to twins and 250/1 for triplets.

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Punters 'bet on new royal baby's hair colour'

Punters are already placing bets on the most obscure details of the upcoming royal birth following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's announcement.

People can predict the baby's hair colour, birth date and whether Kate and William will welcome triplets into the royal family.

Paddy Power are offering 6/4 that the baby's hair will be brown, ahead of fair (5/2), red (3/1) or black (5/1).

There are currently odds of 33/1 the Duchess will give birth to twins and 250/1 for triplets.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers have described it as "the biggest novelty betting market of the year".

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William's 'baby hint' was dispelled by Kate's drinking

During their last overseas trip Prince William appeared to 'drop hints' that Prince George could soon have a younger sibling.

When Cynthia Read presented the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a lace shawl she had made for the young prince, William told her: "You might have to make another one soon."

The Duchess of Cambridge tastes some wine during a vineyard tour in New Zealand. Credit: Arthur Edwards/PA Wire

The presentation, on behalf of the New Zealand government, occurred during the couple’s sixth day of their royal tour.

The storm these comments made was quickly dispelled as the Duchess was seen shortly after enjoying a glass of wine and a white water boat ride.

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Alex Salmond congratulates William and Kate

Leader of the SNP Alex Salmond has congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after it was announced they are expecting their second child. Mr Salmond used their Scottish titles to send his 'best wishes' to the couple.

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Kate 'has not passed 12-week stage'

Kate is not believed to be past the 12-week stage Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

It is understood that Kate's pregnancy has not passed the 12-week stage - a similar position to when she was struck by the illness when in the early stages of her first pregnancy.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said the Duchess's attendance at future events would be decided on a 'case by case' basis.

Kate is scheduled to be among the guests at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games in London on Wednesday evening along with William, Harry and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

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