Bookmakers are offering odds of 8/1 for Britain's Prince William and Duchess Catherine's baby to be ginger.

''When William and Catherine got married we were bowled over by a million pounds' worth of bets and we predict similar levels of excitement before the birth of their first child.''

William Hill has set up several markets about the royal couple's forthcoming tot including what its hair colour will be, with brown the 6/4 favourite, while blonde and black are 2/1 and 5/2 respectively.

The bookies cannot be split on the sex of the baby with Hills offering both 10/11 for either a boy it a girl, and they are offering odds of 9/1 the little one will be Frances or John.

William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly said: ''When William and Catherine got married we were bowled over by a million pounds' worth of bets and we predict similar levels of excitement before the birth of their first child.''

Paddy Power also have a book on the forthcoming royal baby and go with odds of 500/1 that William and Catherine call their little one Hashtag, Fergie, Wayne or Britney.