SHEFFIELDERS gave a right royal welcome to William and Kate’s good news – forecasting it will put smiles back on the faces of those downcast by gloomy economic times.
While it is still early days in Kate’s pregnancy, plenty are looking forward to the birth of a new future king or queen early next summer.
“It’s brilliant news – it’s a boost for everyone when times are hard,” said Steve Turner, aged 45, a retail assistant from Dronfield.
“I shall be looking forward to the birth next year – the nation is bound to be excited by a new royal baby. If it’s a girl you’ve got to fancy Diana as a name – or Elizabeth,” he said.
Marion Whitham, 61, from Heeley, said she hoped the news hadn’t emerged too soon.
“I’m just a bit worried they’ve had to announce it too early because of Kate’s morning sickness, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” she said. “But I’m sure she’ll be fine – she’s in the best place after all.”
Marion said she was intrigued by suggestions that twins could be on the way.
“If that’s the case, the first child out will become the heir, even if it’s a ceasarian,” she added.
Tina Mullins, 49, also from Heeley, said she was a little surprised the couple hadn’t got on with things a little bit quicker!
“I was thinking she ought to get a move on but I suppose they wanted to get used to the royal life first. It’s nice to hear the news,” she added.
Self-employed Ian Thorpe, 57, from Kimberworth, Rotherham, said he fancied a flutter on the baby’s name – predicting Victoria Anne would find royal favour.
“That’s a firm prediction from me – I think it’s well worth a bet,” he said.
City bookies reported a slow start to the baby betting markets – but said they expected plenty of business as the big day drew closer.
Lisa Gee, manageress at William Hill’s branch on Orchard Street, said there were lots of different options to pull in the punters.
“We can’t split the odds on whether it will be a boy or a girl, but there’s are plenty of odds on the weight of the baby, with seven to seven and a half pounds the favourite,” she said.
David Grayson, manager at Ladbrokes on Dixon Lane, said it would be the most anticipated royal birth since William himself in 1982.
“We have Elizabeth as the favourite name on 8/1, and John, George and Charles all on 10/1. We have odds on the day of the birth too.”
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