The afternoon’s wedding, in London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral – less than a mile from 10 Downing Street – took place in great secrecy, according to The Mail and The Sun. Even Mr Johnson’s close associates were not notified before the ceremony. At around 1:30 p.m., according to The Sun, the church was abruptly cleared of visitors and Mr Johnson and his wife pulled into a limo.
In accordance with the coronavirus restrictions, there were only 30 guests in the Byzantine-style church – including Mr Johnson’s father, Stanley – all of whom had been short-term guests. Ms Symonds wore a long white dress but no veil, according to The Sun. The couple’s one-year-old son was among the witnesses.
The marriage has not been confirmed by Downing Street. But Saturday night’s reporting drew kudos from politicians, including Arlene Foster, the Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, who said on Twitter: ‘Huge congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds on your wedding today. .
Mr Johnson is the first British Prime Minister to marry since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822, his second marriage. But much of Mr Johnson’s relationship with Ms Symonds has seemed unorthodox by the relatively conventional Downing Street standards.
Mr Johnson, who was baptized Catholic by his mother, converted to the Anglican faith during his internship. He met Ms Symonds, a Catholic and former Conservative Party communications assistant, when he was married to his second wife, Marina Wheeler, with whom he has four children.