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Posted at 8:42 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Betting on William and Kate

By Autumn Brewington

For years, we have seen references to British bookmakers setting odds on whether -- and, later, simply when -- Prince William and Kate Middleton would get engaged. After the couple announced they would marry, wagering shifted to the wedding date and venue. Knowing that Britons bet on such details as what color hat Queen Elizabeth wears to the Ascot races, we expected that odds were being set on all things royal wedding (how many minutes late Kate will arrive at Westminster Abbey, honeymoon location, etc).

Still, somehow it's a little surprising that people are already placing bets on whether William and Kate will get divorced.

According to the Associated Press, "Most bookmakers are running a variation of the divorce question, with almost certain odds that the couple will make it to their 10th anniversary."

"There's a real tradition of betting on what the royals will do next," a spokesman for bookmaker Paddy Power told the AP. "The U.K. has a strange fascination with the royals."

A spokesman for another bookmaker, William Hill, told the AP that with the average wager around $5, the bets are "largely people speculating, more for fun and a conversation piece than those who are genuinely expecting to make money."

We were glad to read that bookies are drawing at least one other type of line: Bets are not being accepted on the likelihood of a wedding-day terrorist attack.

By Autumn Brewington  | January 24, 2011; 8:42 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Prince William  
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