Boris Johnson DID pay for his own wedding to Carrie Symonds after row over Downing Street flat refurb

BORIS Johnson personally footed the cost of his intimate wedding to Carrie Symonds, Downing Street confirmed today.

But No10 would not say where the newlyweds spent the weekend – after the Sun revealed the happy couple enjoyed a seaside "mini moon".

The PM married his fiance during a super-secret service at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday in front of 30 close friends and family.

Guests were treated to afternoon tea in the Downing Street garden, where they sang and danced around a fire pit into the early hours.

A larger celebration is planned for next summer when the 30-person limit should be scrapped.

The ceremony came a day after No10's sleaze-buster Lord Geidt revealed a Tory donor stumped up the initial cash for the Downing Street flat refurb.

Mr Johnson eventually paid the money back, but the saga sparked furious accusations that wealthy donors were funding his lifestyle.

The PM is also facing questions over the funding of his £15,000 Christmas trip to Mustique with Carrie in 2019.

Quizzed today if Mr Johnson splashed out for Saturday's celebrations, a No10 spokesperson said: "The prime minister paid entirely for the wedding."

Downing Street confirmed the PM spent Bank Holiday weekend away and was now back at his desk.

But the spokesperson would not divulge details of the where the couple enjoyed their romantic retreat, calling it a "personal matter".

The Sun revealed he swept the now Carrie Johnson to the coast, joining thousands of sun-seeking Britons heading to the beach in the warm weather.

The sea-loving Downing Street couple have previously swapped Westminster for the beach during their three-year romance.

In March 2019 they escaped to Italy's Amalfi Coast, in December 2019 they celebrated the PM's stonking election win on the Caribbean island of Mustique, and last summer they took baby Wilf to the Scottish coast.

Boris and Carrie’s intimate wedding


Guests were ordered not to speak to anyone and last night remained tight-lipped about the precise details of the couple's hippie-style celebration.

Boris chose his closest brother Leo to stand by his side as best man, and fellow siblings Jo, Julia and Rachel were in attendance too.

Both the bride and groom's mothers joined the celebration, but Carrie's father Matthew Symonds did not.

It's also thought that none of Boris' four grown-up children were there to see their father re-marry.

Other close friends including Nimco Ali and Anna Pinder were rumoured to be on the guest list for the lavish bash.

The couple's much-loved Jack-Russell cross dog Dilyn made an enthusiastic appearance at the afterparty but was kept out of the church.

Guests were treated to a 'best of British' afternoon tea and drinks following the service.

And folk-band called The Bow Fiddlies was on hand to drum up a medley of tunes throughout the afternoon and evening, taking requests from the couple and guests – including hits by Mumford and Sons.

Although there was no official "first dance", the group sang and danced around a fire pit until the early hours of the morning, leaving by the backdoor at around 1.30am.

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