Published: Sun, May 30, 2021

U.K. PM Boris Johnson marries fiancée in private ceremony

U.K. PM Boris Johnson marries fiancée in private ceremony

Symonds, who was the Conservative Party's head of communications before joining a marine conservation organization, is Johnson's third wife.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper reported that about 30 people attended the wedding on Saturday, which is the maximum now allowed under measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The couple have reportedly sent save-the-date cards to family and friends for a celebration on July 30, 2022.

Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds are newlyweds, according to an announcement from his Downing Street office saying they were married Saturday May 29, in a small private ceremony in London.

According to The Sun, the couple's 30 guests were invited at the last minute - with Tory aides even said to be unaware the couple were to Wednesday today.

Johnson is the second British prime minister to marry during his tenure, after Robert Jenkinson, who assumed the premiership two centuries ago and married in 1822 while he was holding this position.

The news of the wedding was later confirmed by a spokesperson from the Prime Minister's office and government ministers.

The Catholic cathedral was suddenly locked down at 1:30 p.m. (1230 GMT) and Symonds, 33, arrived 30 minutes later in a limo, in a long white dress with no veil, both reports said. On Friday, an ethics inquiry found the prime minister acted "unwisely" in renovating his Downing Street apartment without knowing where the money had come from, though it cleared him of misconduct. They announced their engagement in December 2019.

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

Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster also wished them a "huge congratulations" on Twitter.

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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