Who is Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie Symonds? – The Sun

CARRIE SYMONDS is the third wife of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

They already have a son Wilfred who was born just months after the pair announced their engagement in February.

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Who is Carrie Symonds?

Carrie Symonds is a 33-year-old PR guru who wed Boris Johnson on May 29, 2021. The communications and PR guru quit working for Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) in 2018. Her parents are Matthew Symonds, one of the founders of The Independent, and Josephine Mcaffee who was one of the paper's lawyers. Symonds grew up in East Sheen, south west London, and attended the prestigious Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith.

When did Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds get married?

The couple got married on May 29, 2021 at Westminster Cathedral, a Catholic church just 1.5 miles from their Downing Street home. Little is known about the service itself – although little Wilfred was one of the guests in attendance, along with the PM's father Stanley.

Visiting tourists were unaware it was about to host an important wedding.

But shortly after 1.30pm, the church was suddenly cleared out. Staff told visitors the building was going into lockdown.

Carrie, 33, stepped out wearing a stunning long and flowing white dress. She chose not to wear a veil.

Bride and groom walked down the aisle to classical music and shared a kiss after the reading their vows.

Their year-old son Wilfred was there to see the happy occasion – along with two official witnesses.

One member of staff told The Sun: “Carrie looked beautiful. She had a long white dress with no veil. She looked made up.

“He was extremely happy as you can imagine, he looked very smart, and was in a very dapper suit.

“She came down the aisle and he didn’t take his eyes off her."

When was Carrie and Boris Johnson's baby born?

Ms Symonds gave birth to a baby boy at 9am on April 29 at University College Hospital in London, the couple's first child. They named the baby Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas after relatives and the NHS doctors who saved the PM's life while he was stricken with coronavirus. The Prime Minister's spokesperson said that "mother and baby are doing very well." Downing Street said that Mr Johnson was “present throughout” the birth of his son, but was back at work that afternoon. The pair extended their gratitude to the NHS maternity staff.

When did Carrie and Boris become an item?

The pair's romance was confirmed beyond doubt when she appeared in public with him for the first time to support his leadership bid in June 2019. Sources say that on Valentine's Day 2018, Symonds was heard boasting to friends about spending the night with Boris in the Oxfordshire countryside, while BoJo is also reported to have wooed Symonds at the Rosewood Hotel in Holborn. BoJo, 55, vowed to "protect" Carrie and apologised for dragging her into the media storm, according to the Mirror. Carrie moved in with Boris Johnson at Downing Street when he became Prime Minister. They were the first unmarried couple to live at the Prime Minister's residence. The couple have taken the space above No11 Downing Street instead of the traditional residence at No10. A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said at the time:"The PM is officially moving in today [July 29, 2019] and, yes, his partner will be living there." And on September 2, 2019, Boris and Carrie moved in another flatmate – Dilyn, a rescued Jack Russell puppy. Ahead of Symonds move into No 10 she approached the wife of the former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron for advice and tips. A friend of the former PR guru told the Mail: “Sam Cam has been giving Carrie some advice on living in No10. They're friends; she wants to help out.” Carrie won't have any publicly funded staff working for her. The couple had previously been living in Carrie's flat in Camberwell, South London.

What is Carrie's job?

Carrie works as a senior adviser at Oceana working to support the Bloomberg Foundation’s Vibrant Oceans Initiative. As part of her role, she works on communications related to Oceana’s "Save the Oceans, Feed the World" Initiative and Oceana’s campaign to reduce the use of plastics. She is also part of the international marketing communications team based in London.

When did she work for the Conservative party?

Described as a popular figure in Westminster, the young PR whizz regularly attended parliamentary bashes and Tory party events while working as the party’s communications chief. Symonds worked for current Home Secretary Sajid Javid when he held the local government brief, as well as for John Whittingdale during his time as Culture Secretary. Following a brief spell as an adviser to Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, she was appointed to the strategic role of Conservative communications chief. During her eight years at CCHQ she worked alongside leading Tories including Michael Gove and Amber Rudd. The lucrative role led to her being named as the UK’s second most powerful public relations professional by PR Week magazine. She quit in around August 2018, before starting at Bloomberg as PR for their Vibrant Oceans programme.

“It’s sweet to see. He’s like a puppy dog around her and very solicitous but desperate to avoid messing it up.” On February 29, 2020 Carrie announced she was engaged to the Prime Minister and expecting his child. In an Instagram post, she said: "We got engaged at the end of last year [2019] and we've got a baby hatching early summer. Feel incredibly blessed."

Look back as Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds celebrate baby Wilfred’s first birthday today

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