Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds ‘get married in secret Bank Holiday ceremony at Westminster Cathedral’
Boris Johnson married girlfriend Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony this morning, the Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Mr Johnson, 56, exchanged vows with Mrs Symonds, 33, at Westminster Catholic Cathedral in front of a handful of close friends and family – becoming the first Prime Minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822.
It comes just six days after the couple – who were engaged in December 2019 and have one-year-old baby Wilfred – sent save-the-date cards to guests telling them to keep Saturday, July 30, 2022 free for a wedding party.
A guest at today’s wedding told the MoS, “You’re not barking in the wrong tree. The pair will make an announcement shortly ‘.
Boris Johnson married girlfriend Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony this morning, the Mail on Sunday can reveal
Mr Johnson, 56, exchanged vows with Mrs Symonds, 33, at Westminster Catholic Cathedral in front of a handful of close friends and family – becoming the first Prime Minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822. father Stanley Johnson today outside number 10
It comes just six days after the couple – who were engaged in December 2019 and have one-year-old baby Wilfred – sent save-the-date cards to guests telling them to keep Saturday, July 30, 2022 free for a wedding party. Pictured: The Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, outside number 10 today
Mr. Johnson and Ms. Symonds were the first unmarried couple to live on Downing Street, having moved in in July 2019.
The prime minister suggested while on holiday in Mustique that his party would soon gain an impressive majority in the December 2019 general election, reports said.
Ms. Symonds was barely seen on the side of Mr. Johnson during the general election campaign, but waved her husband-to-be on the stairs outside the famous black door after the booming victory of the Conservatives.
The couple chose to live in the larger four-bedroom apartment at 11 Downing Street rather than the smaller two-bedroom official residence at number 10.
It has been suggested in the past that Ms. Symonds could not become a full-fledged ‘first lady’ until the couple were married.
Johnson was reluctant when asked on the topic in 2019, telling reporters that marriage speculation was “ a bit premature. ”
Mrs. Wheeler and Mr. Johnson, who have four children, separated in 2018 after their marriage in 1993.
He was a childhood friend of Mrs. Wheeler – the daughter of BBC journalist Charles Wheeler – when both were students at the European School in Brussels.
They have two daughters, Lara Lettice, 26, and Cassia Peaches, 22, and two sons, Milo Arthur, 24, and Theodore Apollo, 20.
He also has a fifth child, Stephanie Macintyre, with art consultant Helen Macintyre.
The future Prime Minister met his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, while they were studying in Oxford. They were married in 1987, but the marriage was annulled in 1993.
In 2013, another court hearing revealed that Mr. Johnson had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while he was mayor of London in 2009.
In 2004, he was fired from the Tory front bench due to a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt.
Ms. Symonds, a former Conservative Party chief of communications, found herself making headlines when she had a romantic relationship with Mr. Johnson last year, just months after announcing his divorce from second wife, Ms. Wheeler.
The public relations expert spent most of her remarkably soaring career in the so-called Westminster Bubble, a peak being when she became head of the party PR at the age of 29.
Ms. Symonds joined the Tory Party media machine in 2009, first as a press adviser and then as head of broadcast at the headquarters of the Conservative campaign ahead of the 2015 general election.
Her affiliation with Mr. Johnson dates back to the early years, after she worked on his successful reelection to City Hall in 2012.
But an argument involving the summoning of police to their homes in the early stages of the conservative leadership race offered a glimpse into the complicated private life Mr. Johnson desperately tries not to answer questions about.
The couple lived together in Ms. Symonds’s flat in Camberwell, South London, until the much-discussed brawl recorded by neighbors in June 2019.
They now live in a flat above 11 Downing Street and have adopted a Jack Russell cross puppy named Dilyn.
In December, Mr. Johnson’s sister, Rachel Johnson, said she has yet to meet Ms. Symonds.
But their father Stanley, who appeared alongside Ms. Johnson on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, said he had met Ms. Symonds, adding, “The Johnsons are united in this.”
In January last year, Ms. Symonds was joined by Stanley Johnson at an event in London that opposed Japan’s plans to resume commercial whaling.
The pair were seen smiling and talking to each other after they both addressed the crowd.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson’s turbulent marriage to Mrs. Wheeler, in which they had four children, ended in September 2018 after being together for 25 years.
In 2004, he was fired from the Tory front seat over a reported affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt and the appeals court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know that he fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while he was mayor of London in 2009.
Claims that Mr. Johnson squeezed journalist Charlotte Edwardes’s thigh during a private lunch at The Spectator headquarters shortly after becoming an editor in 1999 overshadowed his first Conservative Party conference as prime minister.
But in a public display of affection, Mr. Johnson kissed Ms. Symonds after his speech to party members at the event.
Johnson greeted the cabinet ministers before hugging his girlfriend, kissing her on the cheek, and then walking her hand out of the hall.
Meanwhile, allegations about Mr. Johnson’s relationship with American entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri, and whether she enjoyed preferential treatment while he was mayor of London, also dominated the headlines in September.