No10 confirms Boris Johnson & Carrie Symonds DID marry in secret at Westminister Cathedral & will celebrate next year

DOWNING Street has confirmed that Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds DID marry yesterday – and will celebrate with friends and family next summer.

The pair wed during a small secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral yesterday, as revealed first by The Sun.

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A No10 spokesman said today: “The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.

"The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.”

At 2pm, half an hour after the church suddenly locked down, a limo containing Carrie swept into the piazza by the main west door.

She stepped out wearing a flowing white dress, but with no veil.

The Prime Minister, 56, and his bride, 33, then walked down the aisle of the tiny Lady Chapel to classical music and shared a kiss after their vows were read.

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

A source close to Carrie said: “They are both absolutely thrilled.

"The whole thing has been conducted amid great secrecy and planned meticulously.

“It was just their secret and that made the day so special.”

The event was six months in the planning. Fewer than 30 guests had been invited, all of whom were told at the last minute.

They were thought to include Boris’s dad Stanley and sister Julia, who were seen at No10 yesterday.

A marquee was later spotted in the garden, with guests singing Don McLean’s American Pie.  

The ceremony was carried out by Father Daniel Humphreys, who baptised Wilfred last year.

Top No10 advisers were astonished when The Sun on Sunday informed them of the PM’s big day.

Conservationist and former Tory PR chief Carrie is his third wife.

Boris is the first PM to marry while in office in 199 years.

Cops mounted a massive security operation around the gathering, including several cars believed to be staffed with armed police.

A witness told how the cathedral went into lockdown around 1.30pm.

They said: “It was closed for about half an hour and they all came out after.

“It’s not often we have weddings here, and when they came out they were all bundled into a car. It looked like they didn’t want  anyone to know who it was.”

A member of staff said: “Yes, there was a wedding – it was the Prime Minister. His bride looked beautiful. She had a long dress with no veil. She looked made up.

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

“She came down the aisle and he didn’t take his eyes off her. They read their vows then shared a kiss. They looked besotted.”

Hours before the nuptials Carrie shared a picture on Instagram of Wilfred  in a field of bluebells —   possibly a nod to the wedding tradition of “something blue”.

In the post, Carrie, who works for the Kent-based Aspinall Foundation, also   told how proud she was of its work rescuing elephants in Africa, calling it “truly amazing”.

It's thought Boris's previous marriages could have been recognised as annulled to allow him a Catholic wedding.

The newlyweds will make their first major appearance on the world stage  at the G7 summit in Cornwall next month.

The Sun on Sunday revealed that “First Lady” Carrie had been in touch with the partners of global leaders. 

She will meet US President Joe Biden’s wife Jill, who has confirmed her attendance.

More to follow…

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