BORIS Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds were married in a top-secret ceremony on Saturday, Number 10 has confirmed.
The pair exchanged vows in the Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral on Saturday in front of a small group of close friends and family.
Initially, Downing Street would not comment on reports of the wedding but on Sunday morning a spokesman said: “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.”
They are said to have sent save-the-date cards to family and friends for the celebration on July 30, 2022, but let guests know of the secret wedding at the last minute with guests including the Prime Ministers father Stanley Johnson and sister Julia reports The Sun.
The couple announced their engagement – together with the news that they were expecting their first child – in February last year.
It is Mr Johnson’s third marriage, having finalised his divorce from his second wife Marina Wheeler in 2020.
He and Ms Symonds have a son, Wilfred, who was born in April 2020.
The wedding ceremony at the Catholic cathedral was carried out by Father Daniel Humphreys, who had given the couple pre-marriage instructions, and baptised Wilfred last year, The Sun reported.
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.
Ms Symonds wore a long white dress but not a veil, while Mr Johnson was described as wearing a “very dapper” suit.
The ceremony meant Mr Johnson became the first prime minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822.
Weddings in England are currently subject to strict coronavirus restrictions.
Ceremonies are permitted for up to 30 people in Covid-secure venues.
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.
The wedding comes at the end of a difficult week for the Prime Minister in which his former aide Dominic Cummings branded him “unfit for office.”