How last year’s Royal Wedding became a popular betting market

Can you remember where you were when Prince William and Kate Middleton tied the knot in April 2011?

Maybe you were one of the one million people who lined the streets of central London to watch the happy couple say their vows at Westminster Abbey before traveling in an open-top carriage to Buckingham Palace and embracing on the balcony.

Maybe you tuned in on TV to see one of the most-watched TV events of the last few years along with a global audience of million.

Maybe you held a street party in honor of the happy couple. Or maybe you had a little bet on that special day with bookmakers like Ladbrokes.

Betting on a wedding may seem like a weird idea to some people, but it added to what was a real fun day, especially if you correctly predicted one of the possible outcomes.

From the colour of the Queen’s hat to the colour of Victoria Beckham’s dress, there were a variety of different markets that people could bet on.

Other markets included:

  • Whether or not it would rain during the wedding ceremony.
  • When the couple’s first child will be born.
  • What the gender of their first baby will be.
  • Who designed Kate’s dress.
  • The honeymoon destination.
  • Who caught the wedding bouquet.
  • The time of Kate’s arrival at the Westminster Abbey.
  • Whether William would get jilted at the altar.
  • The main course at the wedding dinner.
  • The titles Prince William and Kate Middleton would take afterwards.
  • Which artists would perform at the wedding reception.

Will betting on normal weddings ever catch on? Only time will tell…


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