Prime Minister Boris Johnson married Carrie Symonds in a low-key ceremony planned in strict secrecy – with colleagues refusing to comment on the news.
The couple reportedly exchanged vows in front of a small group of close friends and family members at Westminster Cathedral, but Downing Street refused to comment on the reports.
Tory MPs and ministers congratulated the couple, but an aide # 10 claimed, “I was strictly told not to comment.”
Newspapers reported that even senior Downing Street officials did not know the couple would tie the knot on Saturday.
The couple announced their engagement in February last year – along with news that they were expecting their first child. It is Mr Johnson’s third marriage after finalizing his divorce from second wife, Marina Wheeler, in 2020.
He and wife Symonds have a son, Wilfred, who was born in April 2020.
The wedding ceremony at the Catholic Cathedral was conducted by Father Daniel Humphreys, who gave the couple pre-marriage directions and baptized Wilfred last year.
Shortly after 1.30 p.m., the cathedral was suddenly evacuated by visitors. The staff said it would be banned, the newspaper said.
Half an hour later a limousine drove the bride into the piazza in front of the main door of the west.
Ms. Symonds wore a long white dress but no veil, while Mr. Johnson wore a “very elegant” suit.
The ceremony signified that Mr Johnson was the first Prime Minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822. The marriage comes just days after the couple reportedly sent family cards to family and friends for a formal event on July 30, 2022.
England weddings are currently subject to strict coronavirus restrictions. Ceremonies are allowed for up to 30 people in places with Covid security.
Mr. Johnson’s father Stanley was spotted on Downing Street after the ceremony while guests and musicians left number 10 on Saturday night.
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The wedding comes at the end of a difficult week for the prime minister during which his former aide-de-camp, Dominic Cummings, branded him unfit for office.
The prime minister’s former aide said Ms. Symonds was desperately trying to oust him from his role as Mr. Johnson’s right-hand man and trying to bring her own friends into key positions.
Cabinet Minister Therese Coffey congratulated the couple “on their marriage today”.
The Minister for Children and Families, Vicky Ford, sent Wilf her congratulations and her “great love”, adding: “So many weddings have been delayed and disrupted by Covid. Life is always better with love. “
Northern Ireland’s First Secretary Arlene Foster tweeted: “Congratulations to Boris Johnson & Carrie Symonds on your wedding today.”
However, former Labor frontbencher Jon Trickett said the wedding was “a great way to bury this week’s bad news,” according to Mr Cummings’ testimony, the spread of India’s variant of coronavirus and the dispute over funding the Downing Street apartment.
Labor MP Tonia Antoniazzi suggested that the “emergency marriage plan” was an attempt to “distract from the negative press” from Mr Cummings.
She added, “You know he can’t schedule one in Checkers because he won’t be PM next year …”