(England Twitter)-Royal wedding fever yet? Commemorative plate manufacturers and television broadcasters are making a mint of the wedding, and Britain's bookmakers aren't about to be left out. The U.K.'s largest betting outlets say they expect more than £1 million. Wagers include how late the bride will be, the color of Queen Elizabeth's hat, and whether Kate Middleton's father will cry when he gives her away. William Hill has odds at 25:1 that Prince Harry will be too drunk to finish his best-man speech. Even less likely is that the royal limo will break down before the ceremony or that Middleton will leave Prince William at the altar. At Ladbrokes you can also bet on how the royal wedding will compare to the nuptials between supermodel Kate Moss and rocker Jamie Hince.
Terms of royal betting, the wedding blows it out the window," said Rupert Adams, a gameers. "I think we will take the same amount as we've taken on royal betting in 30 years." gameers said it will be the second largest nonsports event in company history.
people are placing small wagers as a lark rather than making substantial bets. The average bet on the wedding is between £2 and £6, while the average bet placed with William Hill on soccer is around £14. Adams also pointed out that unlike sporting events where the outcome can only be guessed, royal insiders may actually know the outcome of some of the wagers like the designer of Kate's dress or the wedding-reception entertainment.