24 Apr '11, 1am

All bets are on for royal wedding wagers

All bets are on for royal wedding wagers

LONDON: British bookmakers are having a field day taking bets on every aspect of the royal wedding, from the first dance to the Queen's hat -- and Prince Philip nodding off during the ceremony. Betting shops, an institution on every British high street, regularly offer "specials" on politics and reality television programmes alongside the usual sporting staples of football and horse racing. And major chains wasted no time offering a vast range of odds on the wedding once Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement in November. "If it's not exciting enough for viewers at home, we're giving them the chance of an additional thrill on the big day," Ladbrokes betting chain spokesman Alex Donohue told AFP. "We're definitely reaching new customers. Lots of women are coming this time to bet on the colour of the Queen's hat and who is going to be there. There are m...

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