Ottawans thrilled with birth of healthy royal baby boy

Some Ottawans are beaming over the birth of the royal baby, while others are simply shrugging it off.

“I’m very happy for the couple and that’s wonderful that it’s a boy,” said Ruma Tapadar of Barrhaven.

Tapadar didn’t have a gender preference.

“As long as it’s a healthy baby, who cares?”

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, delivered the baby, weighing 8 lbs and 6 oz, at St. Mary’s hospital in London Monday after spending almost nine hours in labour.

He will be third in line to the British throne.

“There are several boys born every second — not sure why this one’s that much more important, but I’m glad it’s a healthy baby boy,” said Julia Dionne of Nepean.

Janet Dionne also heard the good news.

“You can’t help but avoid it,” she said.

“Happy it’s a boy — healthy. I think that’s the main thing.”

Initially, “I thought it was a girl and for some reason, felt really excited that it would be the first girl that would have automatic access to the throne,” said Janet Dionne.

The constitutionality of the question of succession remains unresolved, said University of Ottawa professor Philippe Lagasse from the public and international affairs department.

“Simply because the baby turned out to be a boy doesn’t mean that the legal challenge has disappeared,” said Lagasse.

It could be a “fairly lengthy process,” he added.

The baby has yet to be named.

“I’m sure it’ll be something traditional with maybe something a little bit more current thrown into it,” Janet Dionne said.

Tapadar didn’t have any favourites.

“It’s totally the parents’ choice,” said Tapadar.

Overall, Bisi Aina of Barrhaven wasn’t very interested in the Royal Family.

“I don’t really care if it’s a boy or girl. It’s just a baby,” said Aina.

“I have four kids of my own so that’s nothing different.”

With non-stop media coverage of the royal baby watch “every time I turn on the TV, it’s on, and I turn it off. Too much of it,” she said.

Aina had better avoid two popular tourist spots.

The National Capital Commission lit up the Centre Block on Parliament Hill in blue Monday night to celebrate the historic occasion.

Starting Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. through Friday, residents can sign a book and card at City Hall to congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.


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