Lucky guess! Fan predicted royal baby's name and birthday

Natalie Howard swears she’s not a gambler. But her friends should take note: She’d be a great person to bring along on a trip to Vegas.

Howard accurately guessed the royal baby’s name (George) and birthday (July 22), but that’s not all: She was just three minutes off with her guess that the baby would arrive at 4:21 p.m. on Monday. (The baby was born at 4:24 p.m. local time that day.)

“I love it!” Howard told TODAY.com on Wednesday. “I’m a big fan of the royal family, and I’ve always been a big history buff.”

Howard, 44, of Houston, Texas, submitted the prediction via TODAY's RoyalBabyGuess.com feature, which received nearly 13,500 guesses before the debut of Prince William’s and Duchess Kate’s newborn. Of those submissions, 405 anticipated that the baby’s first name would be George. (The most popular name guess, Diana, got submitted 1,556 times.)

Other fun facts:

  • 93 percent of participants correctly guessed that the baby would be born in July.
  • 27 percent guessed that Will and Kate would have a boy.
  • 8 percent guessed the July 22 birthday correctly.
  • 56 people guessed the baby’s weight (8 pounds, 6 ounces).
  • Just one individual guessed that the baby would arrive at 4:24 p.m. British time (11:24 a.m. ET).

Howard confessed that her time-of-day guess was a fluke, but she said she had good reason for mulling the name George.

“To be quite honest, I was torn between George and James, but I had a feeling it would be George,” she said. “I think ‘George’ is a nod for continuity. Queen Elizabeth’s father, of course, had that name.”

What's in the name George? A lot of politics, history and tradition

She also had a rationale for picking July 22.

“When it initially came out that bookmakers had money on July 13 and July 16, I discarded those dates right away. I figured they were red herrings so people would put money on them,” Howard explained. “Then (Kate’s mother) Mrs. Middleton said she was hoping for a Leo. That would bring us to July 23, but that was several days past the palace’s announcement of mid-July. So I thought, ‘You know what? I’m going to guess the 22nd.’”

Happy birthday, royal baby! Here are 12 celebs born on July 22

Howard actually submitted multiple guesses at TODAY's RoyalBabyGuess.com, a tactic that did not violate the website’s rules. She said she had fun getting swept up in royal baby fever and anticipating details about the future monarch. (If the baby had been a girl, Howard guessed her name would have been Elizabeth.)

She noted that this isn’t the first time she’s made predictions about British royalty.

“It’s really weird because when Prince William was getting married, I knew that he had a choice of uniforms,” Howard said. “I was guessing as a joke — no one was really interested in this but myself, not even my mom — but I kept saying, ‘I think he’s going to go for the red uniform.’”

Howard said her strong interest in history and royalty stems from her upbringing in Europe. She was born and raised in Germany and didn’t move to the United States until she was 18. After arriving here, she served in the U.S. Army and then became a police officer. Today she works as a fraud investigator for an insurance company.

She said she became hooked on the TODAY show shortly after her arrival in the States.

“The TODAY show is what helped my English get better,” she said. “And now I’ve been watching the show ever since I was 18! If I ever have to miss any of it, I tape it!”

Need a Coffey break? Connect with TODAY.com writer Laura T. Coffey on Facebook, follow her on Twitter or read more of her stories at LauraTCoffey.com.

  • Slideshow Photos

    Kate Gabor / AFP

    This handout picture released by Kungahu

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    Kate and Will brought their first child into the world on July 22, but they aren't the first royals to welcome a bundle of (titled) joy. Click through to check out other mini-majesties and their proud parents.

  • Badminton Horse Trials 2013 - Day 4

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Royals and their babies -

    As the world celebrates the birth of Duchess Kate and Prince William's first baby on July 22, we take a look back at other mini-majesties and their proud parents.

    Peter Phillips, the eldest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, carries his daughter Savannah on his shoulders as his wife Autumn Phillips carries their other daughter Isla on May 5, 2013 in England.

    Getty Images / Getty Images
  • This handout picture released by Kungahu

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria holds her 3-week-old baby, Estelle, on March 13, 2012 in Haga Slott, Stockholm.

    AFP-Getty Images / AFP-Getty Images
  • Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary of Denmark Introduce Newborn Royal Twins

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Princess Mary of Denmark and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark hold their newborn twins, Prince Vincent Frederik Minik Alexander and Princess Josephine Sophia Ivalo Mathilda, on January 14, 2011 in Copenhagen. The boy and girl joined the couple's other children, Prince Christian Valdemar Henri John and Princess Isabella Henrietta Ingrid Margrethe.

    Getty Images / Getty Images
  • Princess Alexia Celebrates 2nd Birthday

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    (L-R) Dutch Princess Alexia poses for a photo on her second birthday with her mom, Princess Maxima, her father, Crown Prince Willem Alexander, her baby sister Princess Ariane and her older sister Princess Catharina-Amalia on June 26, 2007 in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Getty Images / Getty Images
  • Princess Martha Louise,  Emma Tallulah Behn, Ari Behn   Maud Angelica Behn,  Leah Isadora Behn

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Norway's Princess Martha Louise, left, holds her baby daughter Emma Tallulah Behn, with her husband Ari Behn and her two other daughters, Maud Angelica Behn (R.) and Leah Isadora Behn in Oslo on Jan. 19, 2009.

    AP / AP
  • AP I JPN JAPAN BABY PRINCE

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Two-month-old Japanese Prince Hisahito, in the arms of his mother Princess Kiko, center, and with his father Prince Akishino, left, visits his grandparents' residence, Tokyo's Imperial Palace, on Nov. 14, 2006. Hisahito is the first male heir to the Chrysanthemum Throne in four decades.

    AP / AP
  • Christening Of Her Royal Highness Princess Ingrid Alexandra

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Norway's Crown Princess Mette-Marit (holding Princess Ingrid Alexandra) poses with her son Marius Hoiby and Crown Prince Haakon to greet the public from the balcony of the royal palace on April 17, 2004 in Oslo, Norway. Princess Ingrid Alexandra is second in line to the throne.

    Getty Images / Getty Images
  • Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Jordan's King Abdullah II, right, and Jordan's Queen Rania, left, pose with their son Prince Hashem in Amman, Jordan, on Jan. 31, 2005. He is their fourth child.

    AP / AP
  • Belgium Crown Prince Philippe, Princess

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Belgium's Crown Prince Philippe and his wife, Princess Mathilde, pose with their kids, Princess Elisabeth and baby Prince Gabriel Baudouin Charles Marie, on August 22, 2003 in Brussels.

    AFP - Getty Images / AFP - Getty Images
  • Moroccan Royal Palace Announced Birth Of Son

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Moroccan Princess Laila Salma holds her son, Moulay Al Hassan, as King Mohammed VI looks on May 15, 2003 in Rabat, Morocco. King Mohammed VI, 39, ascended the throne in 1999 following the death of his father, who had ruled for 38 years.

    Getty Images / Getty Images
  • PRINCESS AIKO, NARUHITO, MASAKO

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito holds Princess Aiko as he strolls with Crown Princess Masako through the gardens of their Togu Palace residence in Tokyo on March 1, 2002.

    AP / AP
  • Duchess of York

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Britain’s Sarah, Duchess of York, left, holds her daughter, Princess Beatrice Elizabeth Mary, after her christening in London’s St. James’s Palace on Dec. 20, 1988. The Duke of York, at right (they divorced in 1996), gets a closer look at the baby.

    AP / AP
  • PRINCESS DIANA

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Princess Diana poses with sons Prince William, foreground, and Prince Harry, in her arms, in 1984.

    AP / AP
  • PRINCESS CRISTINA,INAKI AND JUAN

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Spanish Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin smile as they leave a hospital in Barcelona on Oct. 1, 1999 with their newborn baby Juan.

    AP / AP
  • Retrospective On Prince Rainier

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Prince Rainier III of Monaco watches as Princess Caroline holds her baby, Pierre Casiraghi. Prince Albert (far left) holds her other son, Andrea, and husband Stefano Casiraghi holds daughter Charlotte at the Princess Grace Hospital in 1987 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

    Getty Images / Getty Images
  • Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife, formerly Princess Sophia of Greece, soon after the birth of their first child, Infanta Elena, in Madrid, on December 23, 1963. The Princess's full name is Elena Maria Isabel Dominica de los Silos de Borbon y de Grecia.

    Getty Images / Getty Images
  • NAGAKO AKIHITO

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Late Empress Nagako embraces one-year-old Crown Prince Akihito, current emperor, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in this 1935 photo.

    AP / AP
  • Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    Britain's Royal family sits on blanket on the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland, on Sept. 8, 1960. Prince Andrew, in the lap of his father, Prince Philip, reaches for a trinket presented by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, as Princess Anne and Prince Charles try to catch the baby's attention.

    AP / AP
  • Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    In this balcony scene, from Monte Carlo, Monaco in 1958, Princess Grace carries Prince Albert while her husband, Prince Rainier, holds Princess Caroline in his arms.

    AP / AP
  • Royal Babies

    Toddlers in tiaras: Royals and their babies

    of

    That's the queen of England on the left, holding her daughter, Princess Anne, seated on the couch with her mother, who's grabbing Prince Charles's hand in this photo, taken on Oct. 21, 1950.

    Getty Images / Getty Images


0:00
 
0:00
Your video begins in
0:00
TOP