Boris Johnson secretly married Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral

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Prime Minister of Great Britain Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 at Westminster Abbey on March 09, 2020 in London, England.

  • Boris Johnson married Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral in London on Saturday.
  • No. 10 Downing Street confirmed to the BBC that a “small ceremony” took place that afternoon.
  • Johnson and Symonds have a 1-year-old son Wilfred together.
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Boris Johnson married his girlfriend Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral in London over the weekend, according to UK newspapers including the Daily Mail and The Telegraph.

The British prime minister tied the knot in front of 30 guests, including close friends and family, on Saturday, the publications said.

No. 10 Downing Street confirmed the marriage to the BBC, saying that the couple were wed in a “small ceremony” on Saturday afternoon and planned to celebrate with friends and family in summer 2022.

The couple had sent out save the date invites for July 30, 2022, just days before the small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral, according to The Telegraph. The ceremony was so secret that some top aides only found out about the marriage afterward, the publication added.

Johnson and Symond’s one-year-old son, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, was also said to have attended the wedding along with two official witnesses.

COVID-19 guidelines in the UK state that up to 30 people can attend a wedding indoors as of May 17.

A staff member told The Sun: “Yes, there was a wedding – it was the prime minister. His bride looked beautiful. She had a long dress with no veil.

“He was extremely happy, as you can imagine. He looked very smart in a very dapper suit. She came down the aisle and he didn’t take his eyes off her. They read their vows then shared a kiss. They looked besotted,” they added.

Their son Wilfred had also been baptized at the Catholic cathedral in September 2020, The Telegraph reported at the time.

Symonds, 33, the Conservative Party’s former head of communications, is Johnson’s third wife. Johnson, 56, is twice divorced and has four children with ex-wife Maria Wheeler, and is also reported to have two other children he fathered outside of his marriages.

The couple’s relationship was first reported in June 2019. They became the first non-married couple to move into Downing Street together upon Johnson’s election as prime minister the following month. Symonds confirmed they got engaged at the end of 2019 in a private Instagram post, the BBC previously reported.

Johnson is also the first British prime minister to get married while in office in almost 200 years – Lord Liverpool was the last prime minister to do so when he married Mary Chester in 1822.

No. 10 Downing Street did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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Boris Johnson’s secretive funding of his luxury Downing Street flat refurbishment under investigation by the Electoral Commission

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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.

  • Boris Johnson’s lavish Downing Street flat refurbishment is under investigation by the Electoral Commission.
  • They say there are “reasonable grounds” to suspect an offence has been committed.
  • The refurbishment was allegedly secretly funded by Conservative Party donors but not declared by the Prime Minister.
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The Electoral Commission has opened a formal investigation into the funding of Boris Johnson’s lavish Downing Street renovation, saying that there is a “reasonable grounds to suspect an offence” had been committed.

Johnson ordered that his 11 Downing Street flat, which he shares with partner Carrie Symonds, should be refurbished, at a total cost of £88,000 after he became prime minister.

However, it has since emerged that the prime minister reportedly funded part of the refurb from donations given to the Conservative Party.

Under UK electoral law, all such donations need to be publicly declared, which Johnson did not do so within the legal time period.

Johnson later paid back the money, after it was revealed by the press.

A spokesperson for the Commission said on Wednesday that “We are now satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred. We will therefore continue this work as a formal investigation to establish whether this is the case.

“The investigation will determine whether any transactions relating to the works at 11 Downing Street fall within the regime regulated by the Commission and whether such funding was reported as required.”

The refurbishment came after Johnson and Symonds were reportedly keen to get rid of the decoration left by his predecessor as prime minister, Theresa May, which they reportedly described as a “John Lewis nightmare” after the popular UK department store.

Johnson on Wednesday refused multiple times to say who had paid for the initial refurb, under questioning in the House of Commons from opposition Labour party leader Keir Starmer, insisting only that he had “covered” the final sum himself.

Watch Boris Johnson grilled over flat refurb at PMQs

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