Darren Haines, spokesperson for bookmaker Paddy Power, said that there is a tradition of betting on what the royals will do. He added that people in the UK have a strange fascination with the royal family.
Punters can place a bet on almost everything, including what colour the Queen will wear during the ceremony to whether Kate will use the word “obey” in her wedding vows. Other bets include who Prince Harry’s date will to the wedding will be. The royal wedding is scheduled for April 29th, 2011.
Some other unusual bets include whether or not Kate will walk down the aisle on time, or be late by three minutes or eleven minutes. The length of the train on her wedding dress is also being gambled on.
It has been reported that many bookmakers are running variations of the divorce question, with almost certain odds that the couple will still be married in ten years time.
The average bet is only £3.50 (approximately $5.50) so it appears that people aren’t betting to make a fortune. A spokesperson for bookmaker William Hill said that people are placing bets on the royal wedding mainly for fun and as a talking point rather than hoping to make some real money.
Not everyone thinks that betting on weddings, royal or otherwise, is OK. Some think that betting on the royal wedding is in bad taste.
Although it seems that the bookies will take a bet on anything to do with the royal wedding, some things are off limits. Bookmakers have rejected the idea of taking bets on the likelihood of a terrorist attack occurring on the big day. Mr Haines said that although they received a request for this bet, they refused if because it was distasteful.