Boris Johnson marries Carrie Symonds in secret Westminster ceremony – reports

Boris Johnson has reportedly married fiancée Carrie Symonds in a surprise ceremony.

The prime minister, 56, is said to have tied the knot with Ms Symonds, 33, in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral earlier on Saturday.

Downing Street would not comment on reports in the Mail On Sunday and The Sun.

“I have been strictly told not to comment,” said one Number 10 aide.

It comes just a few days after Downing Street refused to comment on reports the pair were planning a “lavish” summer wedding.

It was reported the couple had sent out “save the date” cards telling family and friends to keep Saturday 30 July 2022 free for the celebrations.

However, a spokesman for the couple, who became engaged during a holiday on the millionaires’ playground island of Mustique in late 2019, said it was a “private family event” and that they wouldn’t comment on “personal” matters.

The couple, who share son Wilfred, aged one, were first linked in early 2019.

The wedding ceremony at the Catholic cathedral was carried out by Father Daniel Humphreys who had given the couple pre-marriage instructions, and baptised Wilfred last year, The Sun reported.

Shortly after 1.30pm, the Byzantine-style church was suddenly cleared of visitors, with staff saying it was going into lockdown, the newspaper said.

Half an hour later, a limousine carrying the bride swept into the piazza outside the main west door.

Ms Symonds wore a long white dress but not a veil, according to The Sun.

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds were the first unmarried couple to live in Downing Street, having moved in together during July 2019.

This is Mr Johnson’s third marriage.

He was previously married at the age of 23 to Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987.

He later married Marina Wheeler in 1993, but they separated in 2018. They have two daughters, Lara Lettice, 26, and Cassia Peaches, 22, and two sons Milo Arthur, 24, and Theodore Apollo, 20.

He also has another child, Stephanie Macintyre, with art consultant Helen Macintyre.

Weddings in England are currently subject to strict coronavirus restrictions and only up to 30 people in COVID-secure venues are allowed.

But dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except for the couple’s traditional first dance.

The wedding comes at the end of a difficult week for the prime minister in which his former aide Dominic Cummings branded him unfit for office.

The prime minister’s former aide said Ms Symonds had been desperate to oust him from his role as Mr Johnson’s right-hand man, and had sought to put her own friends in key positions.

Mr Cummings also claimed that in February 2020, when the pandemic was becoming a major global crisis, Mr Johnson was “distracted by finalising his divorce, his girlfriend wanted to announce being pregnant and an engagement, and his finances”.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted: “Huge congratulations to Boris Johnson & Carrie Symonds on your wedding today.”

But Labour former frontbencher Jon Trickett said the wedding was “a good way to bury this week’s bad news” on Mr Cummings’ testimony, the spread of the Indian coronavirus variant and the row about funding of the Downing Street flat.

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