Boris Johnson marries Carrie Symonds at London’s Westminster Cathedral
Only a few close friends and family attended because of Covid restrictions
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds married on Saturday in a small private ceremony in London's Westminster Cathedral.
They wed in front of a small group of close friends and family, in line with Covid-19 restrictions that limit ceremonies to 30 people.
Mr Johnson’s office confirmed reports that appeared in the Mail on Sunday and The Sun.
“The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral,'' 10 Downing Street said. “The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.”
Last week, The Sun reported the couple had sent wedding invitations to family and friends for July 30, 2022.
Even senior staff in Mr Johnson’s 10 Downing Street office had been unaware of the May 29 wedding plan, the newspaper said.
Mr Johnson, 56, and Ms Symonds, 33, an environmental campaigner, announced their engagement in February 2020 and have a son together, Wilfred, 1.
The marriage would be her first and Mr Johnson’s third. He has at least five other children from previous relationships.
Their nuptials ended a tumultuous political week for Mr Johnson, who was accused by former top aide Dominic Cummings on Wednesday of bungling the government’s response to the coronavirus and being “unfit for the job”.
On Friday, an ethics inquiry found the prime minister acted “unwisely” in renovating his Downing Street apartment without knowing where the money had come from, though it cleared him of misconduct.
The last British prime minister to marry in office was Lord Liverpool in 1822.
Updated: May 30, 2021 05:37 PM