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First pictures of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds' secret Westminster wedding


Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have released the first photos of their secret wedding.

The PM and his new wife are pictured staring into each other’s eyes after they wed on Saturday afternoon.

The wedding photos were taken in the garden of 10 Downing Street following the ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.

Ms Symonds wore a long sleeved white £2,870 wedding dress with floral detail by luxury designer Christos Costarellos teamed with a floral hair wreath, and opted for no veil.

The embroidered tulle gown was created as part of an exclusive bridal capsule and handmade from “tiers of wispy ivory tulle spun with plenty of silk.”

Meanwhile the PM wore a black suit, white shirt and a blue tie, with a flower pinned to his suit jacket.



Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds
The happy couple pictured on their wedding day

The ceremony was the culmination of a six month “cloak and dagger” operation, insiders claim.

So secretive were the plans that even senior members of staff in Mr Johnson’s office were in the dark about his plan to tie the knot with Carrie Symonds.

Number 10 only confirmed in a brief statement this morning that the ceremony had taken place.



The PM and his new wife are pictured staring into each other's eyes after they wed on Saturday afternoon. 
The PM and his new wife are pictured staring into each other’s eyes after they wed on Saturday afternoon

A No10 spokesman said this morning: “The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.

“The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.”

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The ceremony meant Mr Johnson became the first prime minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822.



A gazebo erected in the garden of 10 Downing Street
A gazebo erected in the garden of 10 Downing Street

The 56-year-old PM and his 33-year-old bride were only allowed to invite 30 guests due to Covid regulations.

A gazebo was pictured in the Downing Street garden.

The ceremony – the PM’s third marriage – was carried out by Father Daniel Humphreys, who had given the couple pre-marriage instructions, and baptised their son Wilfred last year, The Sun reports.

Shortly after 1.30pm, the cathedral was suddenly cleared of visitors, with staff saying it was going into lockdown, the newspaper said.

Half an hour later, a limousine carrying the bride swept into the piazza outside the main west door.



Carrie shared a picture of son Wilfred on Instagram shortly before the service
Carrie shared a picture of son Wilfred on Instagram shortly before the service

Wilfred was present as his parents exchanged vows.

Shortly before the service, his mother posted a picture on Instagram of him surrounded by bluebells.

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

They are planning on going on a honeymoon in the summer of 2022, it is understood.


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It is understood Ms Symonds will take her husband’s surname and be known as Carrie Johnson.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi offered his congratulations to them but said its timing should not send a signal that the further easing of lockdown measures earmarked for June 21 will not happen.

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Put to him that the timing suggested that a larger wedding after June 21 was not on the cards, Mr Zahawi told Sky News: “I wouldn’t extrapolate anything from that.”



Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds
The couple got engaged after Mr Johnson popped the question on a holiday to Mustique in 2019

He added: “On June 14, we will set out very clearly, the data that we are continuing to gather from step three, which was on May 17, and then we’ll share that with the nation, as the Prime Minister has done in each and every step from step one, two and three and then of course, step four.”

Weddings in England are currently subject to strict coronavirus restrictions.

Ceremonies are permitted for up to 30 people in Covid-secure venues.



People carrying musical instruments leave 10 Downing Street
People carrying musical instruments leave 10 Downing Street

Wedding receptions are also allowed for up to 30 people in a Covid-secure venue or outdoors.

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

Mr Johnson’s father Stanley was spotted in Downing Street after the ceremony, while guests and musicians were seen leaving No 10 on Saturday night.



It is understood Ms Symonds will take her husband's surname and be known as Carrie Johnson.
It is understood Ms Symonds will take her husband’s surname and be known as Carrie Johnson

The newlyweds got engaged after Mr Johnson popped the question on a holiday to Mustique in 2019, a trip still under scrutiny over who paid for it.

Their relationship became public just months after Mr Johnson separated from second wife Marina Wheeler in 2018.

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He and Ms Wheeler have four children together.

His first marriage to Allegra Mostyn-Owen was annulled in 1993.





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