LONDON — Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, married his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, in a tiny private ceremony at the conclusion of a difficult week that included a former senior assistant declaring him unfit for duty.
Johnson’s office confirmed press reports that the pair married Saturday in the Roman Catholic Westminster Cathedral in front of a small number of friends and family, according to Johnson’s office. Symonds wore a long white dress and a flower headpiece in photos shot after the wedding in the courtyard of the prime minister’s mansion. Johnson was dressed in a black suit.
“The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds married in a modest ceremony at Westminster Cathedral yesterday afternoon,” Downing Street stated. “Next summer, the pair will celebrate their wedding with relatives and friends.”
The pair are said to have issued save-the-date cards to relatives and friends for a July 30, 2022 celebration. In England, no more than 30 individuals are allowed to attend a wedding because of existing coronavirus regulations.
Johnson is married for the third time. He is the father of at least five more children from prior marriages.
According to Matt Chinery, an ecclesiastical and canon lawyer, Johnson’s past marriages would not have prevented him from having a Catholic wedding because they did not take place in a Catholic church.
“Boris Johnson awoke last week as someone who wasn’t married and had never been married in the perspective of the Catholic church, and so was free to marry in the cathedral this weekend,” he added.
Johnson was christened as a Catholic, but as a teenager, he was confirmed as a Church of England member.
Lord Liverpool, the only British prime minister to marry while in office, did so in 1822.
Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former top adviser, told legislators on Wednesday that Johnson botched the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and that he was “unfit for the position.”
With almost 128,000 deaths, Britain has Europe’s greatest coronavirus death toll, but it also boasts one of the world’s most successful immunisation programmes, inoculating 74 % of its adults. Deaths have recently dropped to single digits, compared to roughly 1,800 on one day in January.
A government ethics adviser presented his long-awaited conclusions on the “cash for curtains” affair on Friday, in which Johnson was chastised for failing to disclose that a rich Conservative Party contributor had paid for the redecorating of the prime minister’s official house in London. Despite the fact that Johnson eventually paid the bill, the investigation determined that he had done “unwisely” in carrying out the job without knowing where the money came from. He was found not guilty of any wrongdoing.