Boris Johnson married his live-in fiancee Carrie Symonds in a small pandemic wedding

Boris Johnson Wedding

I don’t know Carrie Symonds but I know she could do better than this. Carrie Symonds had been British prime minister Boris Johnson’s girlfriend, fiancee and live-in partner for several years. They met and got together when he was still married to his second wife. She gave birth to their son Wilfred last year, following both her and Boris’s Covid infections. Boris’s infection was so bad, it honestly felt like he was close to dying, and he was hospitalized for a while and put on oxygen. And now they’re married. They got married in a quiet “pandemic wedding” at a Catholic church in London, just a short distance from 10 Downing Street. There’s a lot of talk about how Johnson is particularly embattled these days, although he’s very Trumpian in his love of drama, so much of the current newscycles feel self-inflicted. This quickie wedding also has the feel of a political deflection or distraction, but congrats to the happy couple.

Only a week ago, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain and his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, sent friends save-the-date cards for a wedding in July 2022, according to several British newspapers. But on Saturday, Mr. Johnson and Ms. Symonds were married in a stealth ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London. A spokesman for the prime minister’s office confirmed on Sunday: “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.”

It was a characteristically dramatic twist for a relationship that had unfolded in a frenetic way from the very start. Mr. Johnson, 56, moved into his official residence in Downing Street with Ms. Symonds in 2019 before his divorce from his second wife, Marina Wheeler, had been completed. Ms. Symonds gave birth to a son, Wilfred, last spring, only weeks after Mr. Johnson had survived a near-fatal bout with Covid-19.

It is the third marriage for Mr. Johnson and the first for Ms. Symonds, 33, who has recently come under scrutiny for her role in an expensive refurbishment of the prime minister’s official quarters at Downing Street, which was initially financed by a donor to the Conservative Party.

The afternoon wedding, in London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral — less than a mile from 10 Downing Street — was carried out in extreme secrecy, according to The Mail on Sunday and The Sun, which first reported the marriage on Saturday evening. Even Mr. Johnson’s close aides were not told in advance of the ceremony. At about 1:30 p.m., according to The Sun, the church was abruptly cleared of visitors, and Mr. Johnson and his bride pulled up in a limousine.

In accordance with coronavirus restrictions, there were only 30 guests in the byzantine-style church — including Mr. Johnson’s father, Stanley — all of whom had been invited at short notice. Ms. Symonds wore a long white dress but no veil, according to The Sun. The couple’s year-old son was among the witnesses.

Mr. Johnson, who was baptized as a Catholic by his mother, converted to the Anglican faith while in boarding school. He met Ms. Symonds, a Catholic and a former Conservative Party communications aide, while he was married to his second wife, Marina Wheeler, with whom he has four children. Mr. Johnson has never publicly confirmed how many children he has.

[From The NY Times]

“Mr. Johnson has never publicly confirmed how many children he has.” Still crazy! No one knows how many children BoJo has! He could have secret children hidden in pockets across the English countryside. Anyway, what else to say? This feels like a mess and something which will end in tears and tabloid drama, but here we are.

Is anyone curious about Carrie’s dress? It’s a £2,870 embroidered tulle white dress by Greek designer Christos Costarellos. Carrie didn’t buy it retail, she “rented” it on one of those sites. A pretty obvious attempt to look penny-pinching, especially given that she’s apparently been doing expensive Downing Street renovations paid for by a Tory financier. Tacky.

Boris Johnson Wedding

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Really pretty dress. That’s all I’ve got.

  2. smegmoria says:

    I really like the dress. It is very 70’s. My mom’s dress looked similar.

  3. Becks1 says:

    Agree with others that I like the dress. It has a vintage flair and seems perfect for a small pandemic wedding.

    I also didn’t realize they weren’t married already lol. For some reason I thought it happened when she was pregnant.

  4. Cecilia says:

    Sorry to he debbie downer but this marriage is going to end in another divorce.

    The dress looks pretty tho

    • heygingersnaps says:

      Agree, what’s that saying “when a man marries his mistress, a position opens up”
      I really, really loathe johnson and the tories.

  5. ccsays says:

    Well, a man who married his (umpteenth) mistress creates a vacancy and all that. Good luck, Carrie!

  6. aquarius64 says:

    The dress is very Boho.

    I’m wondering how they were able to marry with Bojo being a twice divorced Anglican?

    • Rebecca says:

      My understanding is that they could marry in the Catholic church because his first two marriages were not in the Catholic church? Something about that the Catholic church does not recognize the first two marriages and views Johnson’s marriage to Symonds as his first? I am agnostic and never understood the “rules”. Based on some comments I’ve read, even Catholic leaders are side-eyeing this wedding.

      • Lightpurple says:

        But if the weddings were in any church, synagogue, or mosque, the Catholic Church still recognizes them and they have to be annulled. Only weddings that don’t involve clergy aren’t recognized

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        It’s funny which branch of Christianity recognizes the other.

        My father was catholic and my mother Greek Orthodox. Because the Catholics recognized the orthodox, but the orthodox didn’t recognize the Catholics I was baptized orthodox to be accepted in both.
        Also funny. The Greek church will only marry you 3 times and if you can’t make it work you can never be married in the church again. No special annulments like Gwen Stefani got.

      • Jennifer says:

        This is correct. They were not considered sacramental marriages. I think most Catholics are side-eyeing this for several different reasons but I can see where they got away with it technically. Still feels icky.

      • Humbugged says:

        Gwen didn’t get a ‘special annulment’ it was just an annulmenet because she married a guy who it turns out he was bi-sexual that she did not know about ,had a child that he had hidden and was banging the nanny for years

      • anotherlily says:

        He was baptized in the Catholic Church but became an Anglican in his teens. The Catholic Church has taken the view that he is Catholic through baptism and his first two marriages are therefore invalid because they were not Catholic ceremonies. The fact that his wife is a practicing Catholic probably has a lot to do with the decision.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I meant special as she had multiple lawyers over years and years working to have her marriage annulled. This wasn’t something many Catholics could accomplish on their own after so many years or marriage and multiple children. It was special for those reasons.

        Also, many Catholics are not always awarded annulments for specific reasons. The slate doesn’t get wiped clean without a lot of funds dropped.

      • Humbugged says:

        Wiglet Watcher

        The cost for an annulment is $800 and it now basically a walkthru under Pope Francis

        So no lawyers were involved it just takes time

    • Duchess of hazard says:

      As a catholic who had to marry my partner via registry because he was married once before, I am side eyeing it. He allegedly forced a mistress to have an abortion, and marries his former mistress in a Catholic Church? Nice for some. Of course this is to deflect from Cummings’ testimony and the fact that Johnson wanted the bodies of the dead from covid to be piled high.

    • Charfromdarock says:

      Money can really speed up the process of an annulment.

      Money is a hell of an aphrodisiac too.

      He hasn’t had multiple wives and affairs based on looks or personality. I’m guessing not based on skill either although I don’t want to think about that. 😂

      • Chrissy (The Original) says:

        LOL! I’ve wondered what all these women are attracted to. He’s not much to look at, has a messy life with multiple exes and various children but I guess a upper class accent, connections going as high as the Catholic Church and the upper echelons of power and money still trumps personal accountability and so-called family values. Good luck to Carrie, she’s gonna need it. I feel sorry for their son and all his half/ step-siblings. (Imagine all the alimony and child support Boris has to shell out!)

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Yes, money speeds up annulments and can buy them as well. Which has been found to be true in a few messy divorce cases.

  7. Zapp Brannigan says:

    His suit and tie is the same get up he was photographed wearing while meeting his affair partner, that he cheated on Carrie with. So best of luck to them I guess, they will need it with his track record.

    • Brielle says:

      Whaaat? He already cheated on her ? Boris is a mess😅😂

      • Zapp Brannigan says:

        Word on the street is that one was a journalist, hook up at a private room in a restaurant in London, the second I don’t have any details on. He was also cheating with an American, Jennifer Acuri. The time the neighbors phoned the police to attend Boris and Carrie apartment in a domestic dispute she has discovered he had cheated and blew up at him.

  8. Elizabeth Regina says:

    I weep for the UK. The most corrupt government in history that over saw the death of 200k people headed by an amoral man distracts with a wedding and all we can talk about is her pretty rented dress. Incredible.

  9. Soupie says:

    Same as everybody here: really pretty dress, messed up relationship, but I wish them well. She will need it. He is a typical powerful guy who moves from relationship to relationship with a bunch of kids everywhere that don’t get the proper attention or upbringing. So full of himself, he just moves on when a current partner gets the slightest bit assertive about their needs not being met. It’s also about him moving on when he perceives that his needs aren’t being met just the way he likes.

    • Mina_Esq says:

      Trust that Carrie isn’t in this for love. They are both getting out of this exactly what they want and need. Will it end? Sure. In tears? Unlikely.

      • BlueToile says:

        This is what I was going to say. She is a grown woman who got involved with a married man and had a kid with him before they put a ring on it. Let’s not infantalise her. She knows the score by now.

    • Deering24 says:

      Guys like this are kids, not men.

  10. Amy Bee says:

    People are now asking who paid for the wedding and how was a divorced man able to get married in the Catholic church. A total mess. Google Harry Cole and find out why Carrie thinks she did better. She left him to go with Boris Johnson.

  11. Lemons says:

    What does “do better” mean in this context? Sure, she’ll probably have a miserable life wondering when the next love child will spring up to take a chunk out of the inheritance, but she’s a mildly attractive woman who was able to bag a prime minister. She will forever have her own Wikipedia page!

    To even be with Boris, you have to be pretty depraved yourself, so she’s probably happy in the toxicity.

    On a sidenote, Boris couldn’t even comb his hair or straigten his tie for the portrait. I just can’t with this slob.

  12. Jordana says:

    I was shocked at her age…wiki says she was born 1988. I would have guessed 10 years older. Karma face.

    • Ania says:

      haha she is younger than me? Jesus, I’m not in love with my reflection in the mirror but I look like a kid next to her and so is my 40yo sister in law!

    • heygingersnaps says:

      Wow! Yikes. She’s the same age as my sister and my sister still looks like she’s in her mid 20’s.

  13. Nomegusta says:

    …who paid for this?

    • Cecilia says:

      Boris😂 which is probably why it was a “small gathering” rather than waiting for the pandemic to be over.

      • heygingersnaps says:

        boorish hates shelling out money so somebody sponsored this vanity/distraction.

  14. Sofia says:

    I mean. This is his 3rd wedding and he’s not exactly the most loyal guy in relationships. I wish them the best but I hope Carrie knows what she’s getting into (and I believe she does)

  15. Hannah says:

    Guys. Do not wish Boris Johnson the best. Are you all Emily Post or something? He is a deeply corrupt boor who’s damaged the country and been dreadful to the women he’s with. Sort of a British Trump. Wish the people of England the best — THEY will need it.

    • Fifee says:

      You mean wish the people of the UK all the best; he is unfortunately PM of Scotland, Wales & N.I. too.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      Brava!! Well said that we need to wish the UK, and the other commonwealth countries the best, as they will need it!! Can’t wait for TQ to fire his ass!!

    • el Annoy says:

      As a Midwesterner, we are not expecting the best when we say “We’ll, I wish them the best.”

      The “well” (often followed by a long pause) in that sentence carries a lot of judgment

  16. AVEA says:

    Man, what a couple. Know nothing about her but she’s pretty enough to land someone a lot better(and richer!) than this dude

  17. Mooney says:

    I love that dress, minus the bell sleeves. And that flower updo hairstyle is lovely. But say whatever about them, they still display more chemistry than a certain Glue couple.

  18. Ainsley7 says:

    They sent out save the dates, for a big wedding in 2022 already. I would bet that this small wedding was thrown together quickly and quietly to deflect attention. Which is likely the real reason her dress is rented. She’ll likely have custom dress next year because the promise of a big wedding was the only way she’d agree to this PR stunt wedding.

    • Chrissy (The Original) says:

      If they’re still together next year… I’m not holding my breath.

    • Thirtynine says:

      Mmm, I think she likes a bit of power. It was her power struggle with Dom that got rid of him when all his trips to Barnard Castle couldn’t. She wants to be Prime Ministers wife. By June 22 he may not be Prime Minister any more. Dom’s now working to pull Johnson down. Had to get in quick, and it deflects from Dom’s testimony. They’re still undermining each other.

      • brielle says:

        I hope he will be out in June but will it be another crazy right wing?Like Pratel or Gove?Scary times

  19. Who ARE these people? says:

    Is she now protected from testifying against him?

    She’s been a player in Tory communications. This is like a real-life future series.

  20. Lily P says:

    I love a summer wedding, but they still suck.

  21. TIFFANY says:

    She is getting EVERYTHING she deserves.

    I just do not like this woman and I am sick of her and other white women like her given allllllll the chances of benefit of the doubt when they constantly tell us who they are, garbage.

  22. Twin falls says:

    Who are these women lining up to be with this guy? Just why?

  23. Jaded says:

    He’s a despicable man, crooked as a dog’s hind leg. And she’s not much better. May they get the marriage they deserve.

    • Sunny says:

      I don’t know anything about her but he is a terrible leader and an awful human whose decisions that been hugely detrimental to Britain. Good luck to her, I guess?

      • Jaded says:

        Well, for starters she had an affair with BoJo while he was still married to his second wife. She’s been hiring friends into key positions in Downing Street and there’s been quite a scandal over the purported misuse of funds from a Conservative Party donor to supplement his public budget for redecorating their apartment at 10 Downing. Apparently she has VERY expensive taste in decor.

      • Lisa says:

        She was the pr for Conservative Party HQ and used her position as his girlfriend to do sweet fa. Apparently the only work she did was briefing against May. Birds of a feather flock together. He’s paid for at least one abortion but is allowed to get married for the third time in the church, which reflects very poorly on the church.

    • msromperstomper says:

      I met him at an exhibition opening of a Churchill show in New York and he was very intelligent and charming. But don’t get me wrong, I absolutely think his politics suck. He was also leering at one of the docents I managed – early 30s, tall, beautiful, and blonde.

  24. Sue says:

    Her ensemble is very pretty. Very hippy. This is what I’d always envisioned I’d wear at my wedding but surprised myself and went vintage 1940s glamour instead.
    Anyway, that was my something nice.

  25. Robin says:

    Johnson plays on this image of himself as a buffoon who successfully rose to meet the covid challenge with Churchillian effort. The man is a joke. He treats covid like a joke. He is also vile. He slept around in all his marriages and at one point got a journalist pregnant. Apparently, he almost forced her to get an abortion to get him out of hot water with his wife. (I know, no one can force you into a termination, but the pressure was apparently constant and he played a lot on the future of his career.) Because this woman is a political journalist, their paths still cross. It was noted by a colleague journalist that this woman went to talk to Johnson some years after their affair and her abortion, I believe it was at a party conference, and he totally ignored her. Like he’d never met her. This happened in front of a group of people, some of whom knew what she’d done for his sake, and it was vicious. He is gross.

    • Brielle says:

      Wow…that’s horrible…is it known? Do British ppl know that? Why are they voting for him? I knew him for pushing Brexit with his lies but I didn’t know that he was terrible with women also…

      • Robin says:

        Yep, it’s known, Brielle. I read about it in an article so it is out there. It’s hard to remember which publication, because when he was being touted as the next prime minister the papers were full of pieces about him. The Times ran mainly puff pieces, which were pretty sickening, almost like he was a kindly fool. Her name is Petronella Wyatt. It ended in a termination and a miscarriage.

      • brielle says:

        Unbelievable!!Britain is doomed:they continue to vote for these terrible leaders:Tatcher,Cameron who brought Brexit,Blair and his wars and now Boris who is just an awful human being and leader…What is up in Britain? May at least was decent even if I don’t like conservatives

    • Ashley says:

      Sounds like my ex. Who is a middle class Grammar school social climber like Kate Middleton. Went to Oxford (Magdalen PPE grad so he’s VERY full of himself), and idolizes Boris. These types are all over the UK. They sneer at you for being beneath them (in my case because I’m American) and are scum. I can only think he treats her like crap and like me she doesn’t realize it until she will eventually be out of it. Or she’s just as evil as him… no offense to the Brits but after dating him I hate anything to do with England, and the snobbery of the people there. I canNOT stand Bojo. Everytime I see him I see my ex’s sneering face with that creepy Jack Nicholson as Joker smile. Only difference is Bojo has hair. My ex was 26 and bald 🙄 (but still thought he was God’s gift). He used to say PPE grads like him run the country. except Boris isnt middle class, he properly went to Eton and was a Bullingdon Club member (my ex used to say Eton wasn’t all that and made fun of the Bullingdon guys but I know he was jealous he could never be apart of that. Middle class is still middle class in England). Lord help you British.

  26. Reece says:

    The first thing I thought of seeing the picture was Midsommar, so…yeah I got nothing.

  27. Mamasan says:

    That is the oddest couple I have ever seen. And I have seen Liza Minelli and Dave what was his name?

  28. Charlotte says:

    I don’t dislike the dress but it looks cheap to me, like it was bought from a highstreet shop. If you told me it was ASOS bridal collection I would believe you. It doesn’t look like a £2k dress to me.

  29. Liz version 700 says:

    Even for his wedding he won’t brush his hair my LORD

    • Robin says:

      Didn’t he say that give him a woman and half an hour to talk his face away, and he could get her into bed. That must be some talking. Perhaps about how much money he has.

  30. Robin says:

    Apologies for the cynicism, but you can almost see the book writing itself in her head. She is going to rake it in after a few years. First, she’ll divorce him. She won’t get much out of him because he has other ex wives and children to fork out for. But she will get a greak book advance, all about life in no 10 during brexit and covid. No wonder she’s looking at him like he’s the embodiment of sexual attraction when, in reality, he is a dumpy lump with a mop of hair.

  31. Watson says:

    I still can’t wrap my head around anyone wanting to sleep with this guy nevermind marry him. Do these women have eyes?!?!?

  32. L4Frimaire says:

    I actually like her dress though some have compared her look to the movie “Midsommer”. He’s corrupt, amoral, and a disaster, but guess this is true love. Wishing her and her only luck.

  33. Penguin says:

    Genuinelly looks like a photo of the bride and her father on her wedding day.

  34. Barbara says:

    Would it be too much trouble for him to comb his hair on his wedding day? Or maybe he doesn’t care that much since it’s his 3rd marriage…

  35. Normades says:

    She looks like his daughter and he doesn’t look happy to be there.

  36. jferber says:

    Hannah, I know he’s seen as “the British Trump,” but having to live with our democratic de-stabilizer STILL, who is STILL wreaking havoc on the U.S., I would take Boris any day over the original orange piece of shit.

  37. Justwastingtime says:

    I don’t think that all Americans realize how remarkably messy his personal life was and is.. i didn’t. it’s something that his wiki page simply says that he reportedly has six children..

  38. Betsy says:

    That is an absolutely hideous dress. There were attractive styles in the 70s; she picked the crocheted toilet paper doll look.

    I don’t remember the wording, but however twitter indicated that this was trending made me think of Hitler’s bunker wedding.

  39. McGee says:

    May they receive all that they deserve.

  40. brielle says:

    He married to deflect from Cummings’s hearing who said really damaging stuffs about him like he was obsessed with the press and 10 downing street is chaos…why isn’t he out of office?

  41. Michelle Connolly says:

    Yes it’s to deflect from Dominic Cumming’s testimony, including details like Boris skipping several Cobra meetings because he wanted to write a book on Shakespeare to finance his latest divorce. Disgusting. This will end in tears too, of course.

  42. olliesmom says:

    Gross. Just gross.

    The bride looks pretty. That’s all I have..