The British prime minister married in a secret ceremony

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds were married in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral, Reuters reported, citing The Sun and Mail on Sunday.

According to the Sun, the guests were invited at the last moment of the ceremony in central London. Even high-ranking members of the prime minister’s office did not know about the plans.

Westminster Cathedral was abruptly closed at 1:30 p.m. yesterday, and Symonds arrived half an hour later in a limousine, in a long white dress without a veil, Reuters reported.

Due to restrictions imposed by COVID-19, up to 30 people are currently allowed to attend weddings in the UK, according to Reuters.

Johnson, 56, and Symonds, 33, live together. Their son was born in April.

Earlier, the Sun reported that friends and relatives had received wedding invitations for July 2022.

A spokesman for Johnson’s office initially declined to comment. The prime minister’s office announced today that “the prime minister and Miss Simonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.”

The announcement added that the newlyweds will celebrate their wedding with family and friends in the summer.

Earlier, the Sun reported that friends and relatives had received wedding invitations for July 2022.

Johnson, formerly known as the Disbanded Boris by British tabloids, has a complicated personal life. In the past, he was fired by a political team of the then-opposition Conservative Party after lying about his extramarital affair. Johnson is twice divorced and refuses to say how many children he is a father to.

His previous marriage was to lawyer Maria Wheeler. They have 4 children, but in September 2018 they announced their separation.

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The last British prime minister to marry while in office was Lord Liverpool in 1882, according to the Associated Press.

The wedding came after a tumultuous political week for Boris Johnson, who on Wednesday was accused by his former senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, of the coronavirus government’s clumsy response and “unfit for office”.

On Friday, an ethics committee ruled that the prime minister had acted “unreasonably” in renovating his Downing Street apartment, without it being clear where the money for it came from, but did not accuse him of misconduct.

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