Bets are already being made on which university Prince George will attend, with the University of York placing with 20:1 odds.
The newborn boy, who was delivered at St Mary’s Hospital on Monday, has already garnered worldwide attention regarding his academic future. Paddy Power have placed odds on which university the future King will attend. The University of St Andrews, the University his father Prince William attended is placed as favourite at 5/2. Oxford and Cambridge also placed highly with both at 3/1. Northern Ireland is represented in the stakes by Queens University Belfast, who currently has odds placed at 33/1. York were placed as tenth by Paddy Power at 20/1. Other bookies taking bets include William Hill, who has put York at 25/1.
How these odds have been made is uncertain, although it is thought that brokers have acknowledged both national rankings and location as top factors in the process.
Despite Vision‘s request, the Press Office have declined to comment on the likelihood of the young prince attending the University. However, many students at the University are excited by the prospect. Helen Peatfield, a third year studying History of Art claims the news as “a sign that the University of York has made it as one of the most prestigious universities in Britain”, and Andy Lake, a third year Writing, Directing & Performance student is “thrilled”, stating that “I would love nothing more than to see royalty here at York”.
Conversely, many see this as utter speculation, and believe it to be another indication of the media hype resulting from the birth of the third in line to the throne. Tom Kelsey, a recent History graduate, says that “this is an absurd prediction that means very little. Frankly, I am confused and disappointed over this hype surrounding the birth of the royal baby”.