Royal baby brings mixed response

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Hucknall folk have given a mixed reaction following the much-anticipated arrival of the Royal Baby on Monday.

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth on at 4.24pm to their first child -a boy weighing 8lb 6oz.

On Wednesday, the excitement continued when William and Kate finally announced their son would be named George Alexander Louis and he will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge and will be third in line to the throne.

Much speculation over the name the couple would use for the Royal baby had prompted bookmakers to take bets with George being odds on favourite.

But George wasn’t a popular choice for some locally.

“I’m not a fan of George as this went out with the Regencies,” said Patricia, from Hucknall. “I’m very indifferent about the whole event as I have four sons of my own.

“I’m not excited at all. What have I got to do with their life? And they have no idea how we live. I am glad she is ok after the birth though.”

Harriet Spencer (15), of Nabbs Lane, Hucknall, was also not impressed by the news.

“I realise he is a king for my generation but I’m not that fussed as millions of babies are born every year,” said Harriet. “All I was interested in was whether it was a girl or a boy and what they were going to name him.”

But Hucknall Rotary’s Ian Young recognised the importance of the birth.

“It’s a big event and my 18 year-old daughter was really excited,” he said. “I think it was nice that they took their time to release the news in order to let their families know first - it was a nice personal touch.

“In this age of information and social media everybody wants to know what happens as it happens.”

Mandy Jarvis of Edgewood Drive, Hucknall, said ‘it was lovely news’.

“It’s what we need - a new younger influence in the Royal Family,” said Mandy. “It’s now time for the Queen to step aside and let Charles in.

“But it’s a shame it wasn’t a girl.”

The baby shares the birthday of Hucknall’s Karen Sellars’ grandaughter.

“They are a lovely couple and I’m really pleased for them,” said Karen, of Harrow Road. “I think they will be parents more like Diana was to the boys - more down to earth, which is good.”