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Boris Johnson marries fiancée in secret ceremony

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds / PA Archive


Boris Johnson marries fiancée in secret ceremony


Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, wedded his fiancée Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.

According to the Mail on Sunday and the Sun, the pair married in the Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral in London in front of a small number of friends and relatives.

Senior officials at Johnson’s 10 Downing Street office were unaware of the wedding arrangements.

Boris Johnson and his fiancée attended a reception in the Downing Street garden following the wedding.

In a statement issued this morning, a No. 10 spokesperson said, “The prime minister and Ms Symonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.”

“The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.”


It was a typical dramatic twist for a relationship that had evolved in a frenzied manner from the beginning.

The prime minister has already resumed his duties.

He is the first Prime Minister in almost 200 years to marry while in office.

The news comes as a surprise, given that the pair declared a week ago that they will marry in the summer of 2022 in the Sun.

On Saturday, the tabloid said that the event was “so secret even top aides didn’t know about it.”

Weddings in England are currently limited to 30 guests because to coronavirus regulations.

Johnson, 56, and Symonds, 33, an environmental champion, announced their engagement in February 2020 and have a 1-year-old son, Wilfred.

Mr. Johnson, 56, moved into Downing Street with Ms. Symonds in 2019 before his divorce from his second wife, Marina Wheeler, was finalized.

According to the Mail on Sunday, 30 people were invited to the wedding on short notice.

A limited number of church officials were involved in the arrangements for the Catholic event, which was presided by Father Daniel Humphreys.

Symonds joined the Conservative Party as a press officer in 2009 and then campaigned for her future husband in the Conservative Party’s mayoral contest in 2010. She was appointed as the party’s communications director in 2018, however she resigned later that year.

This is Symonds’ first marriage and Johnson’s third. From prior partnerships, he has at least five more children.

Lord Liverpool, the only other British prime minister to marry while in office, did so in 1822.

Though Downing Street did not confirm the wedding until Sunday, press reports on Saturday evening prompted congratulations from prominent figures, including Northern Ireland’s first minister, Arlene Foster, who tweeted, “Huge congratulations to Boris Johnson & Carrie Symonds on your wedding today.”

Despite the fact that Mr Johnson, 56, has been married twice previously, the Roman Catholic Church allows divorcees to remarry if the prior marriages were outside of the Roman Catholic Church.

They had been planning to marry for months, but the pandemic had forced them to postpone their wedding.

The pair had been arranging the “cloak and dagger operation” for a covert ceremony for up to six months, according to the Sun tabloid.

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