UK's Boris Johnson gets married in private ceremony

Lord Geidt

One guest at today's wedding told the Mail on Sunday when asked if the Prime Minister had Wednesday: "You are not barking up the wrong tree".

"I have also spoken.to the prime minister who confirms that he knew nothing about such payments until immediately prior to media reports in February 2021, " the report said.

Half an hour later, a limousine carrying the bride swept into the piazza outside the main west door. Ms Symonds wore a long white dress but not a veil, The Sun said.

Classical music was said to be played as they walked down the aisle and exchanged vows.

In his report, Lord Geidt revealed that the work began in April previous year while Mr Johnson was in hospital with Covid, and the first invoices were paid by the Cabinet Office and subsequently recharged to the Conservative Party.

It is believed that armed police were standing by for the ceremony.

The PM can use an annual public grant of up to £30,000 to decorate his Downing Street home, but it has been reported the renovations at No 11, where Mr Johnson lives with his fiancee Carrie Symonds, reached up to £200,000. The couple had been engaged since late 2019.

He said Mr Johnson had not broken the ministerial code but might reasonably have been expected to be curious about the financial arrangements. The proposal reportedly came following his win in the December General Election.

Johnson was previously married to lawyer Marina Wheeler for 25 years, with whom he has four children.

He was previously married at the age of 23 to Allegra Mostyn-Owen in 1987.

Their final divorce came weeks before the news of Mr Johnson's engagement to Ms Symonds.

Around 30 guests attended Saturday's service - the maximum now allowed under coronavirus rules - in central London, after being invited at the last minute, according to the Mail on Sunday. So many weddings have been delayed and disrupted by covid.

But dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except the couple's traditional first dance.

Both newspapers said guests were invited at the last minute to the central London ceremony, and said even senior members of Johnson's office were unaware of the wedding plans.

Downing Street however would not comment on the reports in the Mail on Sunday and Sun.

The wedding comes at the end of a hard week for the Prime Minister in which his former aide Dominic Cummings branded him unfit for office.

Johnson, who has faced several bruising days of scrutiny after his former top aide Dominic Cummings lambasted his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, has been married twice before.

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