New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern sets date for summer wedding to Clarke Gayford

The politician and her long-term partner first became engaged in 2019

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2020, file photo, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, right, is congratulated by her partner Clarke Gayford following her victory speech to Labour Party members at an event in Auckland, New Zealand. Ardern plans to marry her longtime partner during the southern hemisphere summer. The couple announced their engagement two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
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Wedding bells will be ringing for New Zealand's prime minister this summer, with Jacinda Ardern revealing she is soon set to tie the knot with Clarke Gayford.

The politician and her long-term partner, who welcomed daughter Neve in 2018, have "finally got a date" for their wedding, Ardern told a local radio show this week.

"That doesn't mean we've told anyone yet," the prime minister added to Coast Radio, "so I feel like we should probably put some invites out."

The couple, who have been together since 2012, became engaged over Easter weekend in 2019.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds her baby Neve after speaking at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. Picture taken September 24, 2018.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Ardern, 40, told the radio show that she and TV host Gayford, 44, were unlikely to have a traditional wedding, saying she felt "a bit too old to have a bridal party".

"I feel like because I'm getting on a bit I just need to forego it," she added.

While a confirmed date has not yet been given for the couple's wedding, New Zealand's summer season runs from December to February.

There is "nothing further to add over what has been reported this morning", a spokesman in the prime minister's office told Reuters.

Ardern became New Zealand's youngest prime minister when she took office in 2017 and is one of the few elected leaders to hold office while pregnant.

She returned to power last October delivering the biggest election victory for her centre-left Labour Party in half a century, largely due to her government's decisive response to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Gayford told New Zealand website Stuff last year that wedding planning had fallen by the wayside as the government's pandemic response had been the focus.

- Additional reporting by Reuters

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