It is amazing what you can bet on. Anything from the odds of them stuffing up the vows, to mispronouncing the names of the bride or groom or what colour hat the Queen will wear. The beauty of betting in the UK is that some companies allow you to set your own odds. Someone has put money on there being a streaker at the wedding. You can also place bets on what song will they have their first dance to or will Prince Philip fall asleep?
What would you love to put money on? There will be millions of dollars placed on this event. It probably gives plenty of guys a reason to watch the Royal Wedding, while their other halves enjoy watching the action and dreaming of marrying a prince, like they have dreamed of from a young age.
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If the frenzied anticipation for Friday's royal wedding wasn't already enough, Australian bookmakers are now giving punters the chance to take a financial interest in the "nuptials of the decade".http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/weddings/royal-wedding/4933094/Bets-on-outside-NZ-for-royal-wedding
Following on from the lead of their British counterparts - with whom you can wager if Prince Harry will be too drunk to give the best man's speech (25-1) or if Prince William will split his pants at the altar (22-1) - corporate bookmakers Sportingbet and Sportsbet.com.au have both opened markets for Aussie punters to make the union between Prince William and Kate Middleton just a little more financially interesting.
Sportingbet has already been hit with a $1000 bet at odds of A$2 (Australian) on the Queen wearing a yellow hat to the wedding. Money is arriving steadily for the bride to wear a champagne-coloured dress and a train length of two metres or less is also proving popular.
However Kiwi punters wanting to take a gamble on the nuptials are out of luck. New Zealand's gambling laws prevent the TAB from running such bets.
Sportsbet.com.au has taken the concept several steps further by opening markets on the name of the royal couple's first (unborn and presumably yet to be conceived) child and what title the newlyweds will take on.
Diana, the name of Prince William's late mother, is at A$9 in the name market and favourite in the title stakes is the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at A$1.57 .
Sportsbet.com.au was stung this week when it emerged Ms Middleton's vows would not include a promise to "obey" her husband (having taken $2000 worth of bets on that option) and stand to lose again if it rains on the wedding day.
An initially fine forecast for Friday has turned sour and one Sportsbet.com.au punter with a head for meteorology has had $500 on rain at odds of $2.50.
Sportingbet's Tony Willmott said the royal market wasn't expected to attract serious betting but the $1000 bet - which came from a small-scale punter - showed interest was out there.
"This wouldn't be the quirkiest market we've had - we once took bets on the new hosts of The Footy Show and also Australian TV ratings,'' Willmott said.
"But I guess it is pretty quirky. It appeals to the $20 punter and we certainly do enough business to make it worthwhile.''
That said, local bookmakers have a way to go if they are to match their English cousins, who are expecting more than $2 million (NZ) to be wagered on the wedding.
To put that figure in perspective, it's 10 times what is staked on England's most popular TV show The X Factor and second only to the 2005 papal election following the death of Pope John Paul II.
The English markets are also decidedly more whacky than those that will be presented to Australian punters.
William Hill is taking bets on whether Ms Middleton will get a kiss on the cheek or on the lips when the couple appear at the Buckingham Palace balcony, whether the couple's car will break down outside Westminster Abbey, if any objections will be raised during the vows and if Prince Philip will be caught on camera having a sleep during the ceremony.
Think some of those are wonderful?
Then how about the 50-1 quoted on Sex On Fire (by the Kings Of Leon) as the song for the newlyweds' first dance? Or the 100-1 on McDonalds, Burger King or KFC providing the main course for the reception? Or the seemingly generous 4-1 for Ms Middleton's bouquet to be dropped rather than caught?
Emotional types, meanwhile, can have a flutter on who will be the first guest to cry during the ceremony - Ms Middleton's mother Carole is 2-1 favourite ahead of Sir Elton John (8-1).