Let’s hope it’s third time lucky for Boris Johnson as he ties the knot again.
The Prime Minister and new Mrs Johnson can’t be blamed for hoping for a bit of luck.
They have, according to friends, already had to delay their big day from last year.
Some less-than-charitable observers suggested the timing of the wedding this weekend was… “fortunate”.
It came after an explosive week at Westminster in which the PM’s former top aide delivered damning testimony on his handling of the pandemic, daily infection rates rose above 4,000 for the first time since early April and tricky questions emerged about why the Government delayed adding India to the red list.
Some may wonder how he could focus on nuptials while the country still grapples with a pandemic. The big test will be whether his roadmap does indeed prove irreversible.
If it doesn’t, the PM’s luck may not last.
How was twice-divorced PM able to marry in Catholic cathedral?
Catholic canon law does not permit the marriage of a divorcee whose former spouse is still alive, prompting questions on how Boris Johnson was able to marry his girlfriend Carrie Symonds at Westminster Cathedral this weekend.
But while the faith does not allow divorcees to be married in its churches, as the PM’s two previous other marriages were ‘in non-Catholic settings’, they were not recognised by the Church. Catholicism expert Catherine Pepinster said: “As far as the Church is concerned, this is his first marriage.
The others don’t need to be annulled.” Mr Johnson’s first marriage to Allegra Mostyn-Owen, who he met at Oxford, took place at St Michael’s and All Angels in Shropshire and lasted six years. His second, to top barrister Marina Wheeler, happened at Horsham town hall in Sussex and lasted 27 years.
But as neither were Catholic ceremonies they are not recognised in the eyes of the church. Other sources suggested that Mr Johnson may have had to seek special dispensation for the ceremony. Mr Johnson and his new bride were both baptised Catholics, though the PM renounced his mother’s Catholicism when he was confirmed in the Anglican faith whilst at Eton. It is understood that the couple had been “under instruction” with Father Daniel Humphreys, who also baptised their son Wilfred, for “many months” before the ceremony.
Downing Street declined to comment tonight.