With forecasters predicting a possibility of rain falling in London on Royal Wedding day, Coral bookmakers have seen a rush of bets and been forced to cut the prices in a couple of related markets.
Rain to fall during the ceremony is now just even money (from 3-1), while a closed carriage on the return journey from the Abbey is into 6-4 (from 6-1).
Coral also saw a run of bets on Kate wearing her hair down on the big day and now go 4-7 (from Evs). While yellow being the colour of the Queens hat is still the best backed selection, having been backed down to 5-4 (from 12-1).
“Rain was a 5-1 chance last week, but the poor forecast has forced us to slash our prices. So like the public, we are hoping for blue skies,” said Coral spokesman Gary Burton.
“Betting turnover on the wedding is incredible at the moment,” added Burton, “and similar to the Grand National, it seems everyone wants a to place a bet of some kind.”
Other significant movers in the betting with Coral are for Kate to wear an ivory coloured dress, 4-5 (from 5-4), the dress train to be under 3 metres, 11-8 (from 2-1) and the BBC viewing figures to be under 20 million, 4-6 (from 6-4).
**Selected Royal Wedding Specials – Prince William and Kate Middleton
(Betting moves highlighted below)
*TO RAIN AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY DURING THE CEREMONY
Evs (from 5-1) Rain, 8-11 No Rain
*WEDDING CARRIAGE USED
1-2 Open top, 6-4 (from 6-1) Covered
*KATE’S HAIR ON THE DAY
4-7 (from Evs) Down, Evs Up,
*WHAT COLOUR HAT WILL THE QUEEN WEAR?
5-4 (from 12-1) Yellow, 9-2 Blue, 9-1 Apricot, Pink, Purple, 10-1 Cream, 14-1 Lilac, 16-1 Green, 20-1 Turquiose, White, 25-1 Black, others on request
*WHAT COLOUR WILL KATE’S DRESS BE?
4-5 (from 5-4) Ivory, 5-2 White, 3-1 Cream, others on request
*LENGTH OF WEDDING DRESS TRAIN
11-8 (from 2-1) Under 3 metres, 6-4 3mts to 6mts, 4-1 6mts to 9mts, 9-1 Over 9mts
*SNOW TO FALL IN LONDON ON 29TH APRIL?
*BBC VIEWING FIGURES
4-6 (from 6-4) less than 20m, 11-4 20m to 25m, 3-1 more than 25m
*WHERE WILL THE ROYAL HONEYMOON BE?
2-1 Africa, 3-1 (from 7-1) Oceania, 4-1 (from 20-1) Asia, 5-1 South America, 6-1 Europe, 8-1 North America,
*YEAR OF WILLIAM AND KATE’S FIRST BORN
5-4 2012, 7-4 2013, 4-1 2014, 5-1 2015 or later, 25-1 (from 100-1) 2011
*GENDER OF WILLIAM AND KATE’S FIRST BORN?
10-11 Boy, 10-11 Girl
*TO STILL BE MARRIED ON 29TH APRIL 2021
1-16 Yes, 7-1 (from 10-1) No