LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancee Carrie Symonds on Saturday in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral, his office said.
The event was not announced in advance and media reported that guests were invited at the last minute to the Roman Catholic Cathedral in central London, adding that even senior officials in Johnson’s office did not were unaware of the wedding plans.
“The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds tied the knot yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral,” Johnson’s office said on Sunday. “The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.”
Weddings in England are currently limited to 30 people due to Covid-19 restrictions.
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Johnson, 56, and Symonds, 33, have lived together in Downing Street since Johnson became Prime Minister in 2019.
The cathedral was suddenly locked on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Symonds arrived 30 minutes later in a limousine, wearing a long white dress without a veil, media reported.
The couple announced last year that they were engaged and expecting a child. Their son, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, was born in April 2020.
Earlier this month, UK tabloid The Sun reported that wedding invitations had been sent to friends and family for July 2022.
Johnson, once nicknamed “Bonking Boris” by the British tabloids, has a complicated private life.
He was previously fired from the Conservative Party’s political team while in opposition for lying about an extramarital affair. He has been divorced twice and refuses to say how many children he has fathered.
Johnson’s last marriage was to Marina Wheeler, a lawyer. They had four children together but announced in September 2018 that they had separated.