British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, they got married on Saturday Westminster Catholic Cathedral (London) in a ceremony planned “in secret”, Downing Street confirmed today hours after it was published by the local press.
“The Mail on Sunday” explica que thirty guests attended the wedding -the maximum currently allowed by the pandemic-, among them the groom’s father, Stanley Johnson, and his brothers Leo, Jo and Rachel, without knowing if the prime minister’s eldest children were present.
He did participate in the event Wilfred, Johnson’s eldest son, 56, with Symonds, 33, who was born on April 29, 2020, shortly after his father divorced his previous wife, Marina Wheeler, with whom he married in 1993 and had four children.
Previously, the politician, to whom several extramarital affairs are attributed and two other children, He was also married, since 1987, to Allegra Mostyn-Owen, whom he met when they were both students at the English University of Oxford, although their marriage was annulled.
According to the “Mail”, this is the first marriage in 199 years for an active UK Prime Minister, since Lord Robert Jenkinson married Mary Chester in 1822.
The press explains that the couple, who got engaged in December 2019, I had been planning the wedding for months -of which, apparently, neither Johnson’s political environment nor some officials of the cathedral knew anything-, despite the fact that a few days ago they told their friends that they were planning a great celebration on July 30, 2022.
According to the newspapers, the bride wore a white dress without veil and the groom “was very elegant”, according to witnesses, while both entered the temple to the sound of classical music.
Subsequently, it is believed that they held a small celebration at their official residence in Downing Street.
The “Mail” notes that Symonds is a practicing Catholic, while Johnson, who left his mother’s Catholicism as a young man to convert to Anglicanism, is baptized a Catholic and now takes communion in this faith.
According to the press, although the Catholic Church does not marry divorcees, in this case Johnson does not count as such because his previous weddings were not in Catholic churches.
The announcement of their marriage comes after a hard week for the prime minister, who was accused of “inept” by a former adviser and criticized for the irregular financing of the redecoration of his official home, among other complaints.
Different politicians from all parties today congratulated the couple on their union, although several Labor MPs have said that the “emergency wedding” is a good ploy to distract “from all the bad press” generated this week.
It is believed that the new marriage could make its first official appearance at the next G7 summit, on June 12 and 13 in Cornwall (west of England).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.