LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancé Carrie Symonds on Saturday in a “secret wedding,” according to UK media sources.
Johnson, known for his colourful love life, married Symonds, 33, at Catholic Westminster Cathedral in front of intimate friends and family, according to the Mail on Sunday and The Sun tabloids.
He is just the second British prime minister in over two centuries to marry while in office, with Robert Jenkinson being the last in 1822.
The wedding comes as a surprise after news earlier this week that the pair had sent out “save the date” cards for a July 30 wedding next year.
They have, however, been waiting months to marry after their original plans to marry last year were thwarted by the epidemic.
Wilfred, the couple’s one-year-old son, was born in December 2019.
According to the Mail on Sunday, around 30 people attended Saturday’s funeral in central London, the maximum now allowed under coronavirus guidelines, after being invited at the last minute.
According to the article, a tiny number of church officials were engaged, and Downing Street staffers were not notified.
The Sun tabloid, on the other hand, reported that the pair had been arranging the “cloak and danger operation” for a secret ceremony for up to six months.
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Symonds arrived at the noon wedding in a limousine and wore “a lovely long and flowing white dress,” but did not wear a veil, according to the report.
There were no descriptions of Johnson’s outfit, despite the fact that the mop-haired British leader was notorious for his sometimes dishevelled look.
According to The Sun, the wedding was conducted by the same priest who baptised the couple’s kid, and Wilfred was also present.
Johnson, who has been married twice before, has faced three gruelling days of scrutiny after his former top adviser Dominic Cummings attacked his government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak in front of a parliamentary committee on Wednesday.
Before his divorce from his previous wife, lawyer Marina Wheeler, in 2018, he had four children. The couple’s divorce was just finalised in November of last year.
Johnson is also said to have a daughter from a previous relationship.
When he was elected in 2019, he became the first prime minister to reside in Downing Street with an unmarried partner.
Symonds, a former Conservative Party communications director, gave birth to their baby two weeks after Johnson was released from critical care following a severe case of coronavirus.
In recent weeks, the couple has been in the limelight because to a scandal over the pricey redecoration of their Downing Street residence, which is being investigated by watchdogs on claims that payments from a Tory party contributor were not fully acknowledged.