Royal Wedding Betting - Our guide for betting on Royal Specials
With half a nation tuned into their TV’s and an estimated global audience around two billion people, the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Royal Wedding is sure to attract an avalanche of betting activity.
Be it the identity of the Best Man, Pageboy or Colour of the Brides dress, there is sure to be plenty of people that will want to place a bet on the Royal Wedding.
Royal Wedding Bets
Bets on Royal Weddings are always popular. The sex and name of Kate & William’s next child always generates a lot of interest and betting turnover but a rare wedding of such a high ranking Royal sends punters into a frenzy.
Bookmakers are treating the Royal Wedding betting as an extravaganza akin to the Grand National. For them it is an opportunity to attract in some new customers and those that place bets just once or twice a year.
Unfortunately the chief Royal Wedding betting markets contain some very long odds-on shots. That’s Prince William to be Best Man (top priced just 1/25 at Betfair), Prince George to be Pageboy (1/14 with Paddy Power), Meghan’s dress to be predominantly white (1/8 at William Hill) and Harry to wear his army uniform on his wedding day (1/12 also at William Hill).
Royal Wedding Odds
But no doubt there are some great Royal Wedding bet opportunities in other markets such as ‘Who will Attend?’ for the May 19th ceremony at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel.
Surely Boris Johnson is a standout proposition in this market at a whopping 10/1 with William Hill. Popular or not, a buffoon or not, Johnson is the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and that job title normally gives the person in that position an automatic invite to such Royal weddings – as it did for William Hague at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding seven years ago.
Royal Wedding Betting Specials
In addition to the exceptionally obvious and workable Royal Wedding betting markets, there are some outrageously silly markets doing the rounds.
Betway will let you place wagers on rain falling during the wedding procession and ceremony. They offer odds of 2/5 (1.40) that it will not rain, and 7/4 it will.
William Hill are offering 1/2 (1.50) that Prince William will don his current hairstyle (bald on top, short at the sides AKA a ‘buzz cut’). It is 6/4 he will be shaven and 16/1 he will rock up with a full head of hair courtesy of a transplant.
Equally wacky… Ladbrokes say it is 1/3 Californian wine will be on offer in post ceremony festivities, they are reportedly Meghan Markle’s favourite.
But UK wines were a major talking point at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding and Ladbrokes believe they will play a part in celebrations again. It is 5/4 (2.25) odds that British wines will also feature.
How to Bet on the Royal Wedding
You can find Royal Wedding betting opportunities at most UK facing online bookmakers. Some have more bet markets on offer than others and you will probably find the markets within the ‘Specials’ or ‘Novelties’ section within the bet menu.
Be sure to shop around though, there are some massive price difference from site-to-site.
Bet placement is the same as for any other online bets although all Royal Wedding bets are ‘Win Only’ and they cannot be placed in multiple / combination bets with other Royal Wedding bets.
Royal Wedding Free Bets
You can use your free bets on Royal Wedding betting markets but as free bet winnings are excluded of bet stakes you are best advised to only place them on selections that are ‘odds against’.
Of course new customer free bets are normally credited to a new punters account once their first qualifying bet is settled.
If that first-time bet is an outcome on the Royal Wedding, and Royal happenings are your bag, perhaps invest in one of the markets involving Kate & William’s third child (name, sex or weight). It is due in April, 2018.