UK PM Johnson marries in secret ceremony

An empty Regent Street devoid of traffic during lockdown. A usually bustling Regent Street resembles a ghost town during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown

Boris Johnson has reportedly married girlfriend Carrie Symonds in a secret ceremony on Saturday at Westminster Cathedral. The couple tied the knot in front of a small group of friends and family.

Johnson, who is 56, and Symonds, who is 33, have been living together in Downing Street since he became prime minister in 2019.

The wedding was previously expected to take place on 30 July 2022. The last prime minister to do so was Robert Banks Jenkinson in 1822.

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

Ms Symonds wore a long white dress but not a veil, according to The Sun.

Classical music was said to be played as they walked down the aisle and exchanged vows.

The Sun reported that the ceremony at the Catholic cathedral was carried out by Father Daniel Humphreys who had given the couple pre-marriage instructions, and baptised Wilfred a year ago.

"It's not very often we have weddings here, and when they came out they were all bungled into a vehicle".

A spokeswoman for Johnson's Downing Street office declined to comment on the reports.

The couple got engaged in December 2019.

Johnson's last marriage was to Marina Wheeler, a lawyer.

He Wednesday Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987, but that marriage was annulled in 1993 - the same year he married Marina Wheeler. Even though their divorce finalised in May 2020, they had announced their separation in 2018.

Current coronavirus restrictions in England limit attendants of a wedding ceremony to 30.

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

© PA The couple would have been allowed up to 30 people at their wedding due to COVID rules.

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.

The Sun said senior Downing Street aides did not know about the wedding.

The reported nuptials come after a tumultuous political week for Johnson, who was accused by former top aide Dominic Cummings on Wednesday of bungling the government's response to the coronavirus and being "unfit for the job".



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