The dress, the dates and even divorce: Brits gamble on royal wedding

The Globe and Mail

Released by Clarence House Press Office on December 11, 2010, one of two official engagement portraits taken by Mario Testino show Prince William and Kate Middleton posing in the Cornwall Room in St James's Palace on November 25, 2010 in London. (Handout/Photo by Mario Testino/Clarence House Press Office via Getty Images)

Want to bet that Prince William and Kate Middleton will get divorced before their tenth anniversary? Well, you can.

Bookmakers in England are taking bets on just about everything to do with the upcoming royal wedding, including when the couple will divorce.

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

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Bettors can lay money down on everything from what colour hat the Queen will wear during the marriage ceremony to whether or not Ms. Middleton will include the word "obey" in her vows, to who William's brother Harry will bring as his date on the big day, scheduled to take place on April 29.

Other bets that have been thrown open include whether or not Ms. Middleton will walk in to Westminster Abbey on time, be three minutes late, be 11 minutes late and how long the train of her dress will be.

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

Considering that the average bet is a mere £3.50 (about $5.50) it seems people aren't putting money down to strike it rich.

"It's largely people speculating, more for fun and a conversation piece than those who are genuinely expecting to make money," a spokesperson for the bookmaker William Hill told the Associated Press.

Even still, not everyone is thrilled by the idea.

"You don't gamble on something like someone's marriage," a Londoner told the news service.

But bookmakers say that not everything is up for betting on. Although bookmakers are taking suggestions on what other wedding-related bets they should create odds for, they have rejected wagering on the likelihood that a terrorist attack with take place on the day of the wedding.

"We don't look to bet on anything that's distasteful so we refused that request," Mr. Haines said. "This is all about fun."

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