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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ marriage certificate

The record of Boris Johnson‘s marriage to Carrie Symonds has been published today.

A copy of the historic wedding certificate was made available at Westminster Register Office and lists Mr Johnson’s occupation as ‘Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’.

The premier’s full name is given as Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. The Tory leader first started using his middle name as a public name while at school, but close friends and family call him Alexander or Al.

His wife Carrie, who is to be known as Mrs Johnson, lists her job as a director of communications. The certificate obtained by the Sun on Sunday shows that her full name is Caroline Louise Bevan Symonds. 

The record gives the couple’s address as 11-12 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s official flat, where they live with their one-year-old son Wilfred, who was born last spring. 

The priest was Father Daniel Humphreys, who baptised Wilfred last year, the certificate also shows. And the witnesses were close friends of Mrs Johnson’s – Janna Lawrence and Catherine Humphrey.

Mr Johnson, 57, married Miss Symonds, 33, at the Catholic Westminster Cathedral on May 29 and was followed by a celebration in the Rose Garden at Number 10 Downing Street.

The Tory leader is the first premier to marry in office in 199 years. He follows in the footsteps of Lord Liverpool, who married Mary Chester in 1822 and was prime minister for 15 years. 

The record of Boris Johnson’s marriage to Carrie Symonds has been published today. A copy of the historic wedding certificate was made available at Westminster Register Office and lists Mr Johnson’s occupation as ‘Prime Minister of the United Kingdom’. The premier’s full name is given as Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. His wife Carrie lists her job as a director of communications. The certificate shows that her full name is Caroline Louise Bevan Symonds. The record gives the couple’s address as 11-12 Downing Street, the Prime Minister’s official flat, where they live with their one-year-old son Wilfred, who was born last spring. The priest was Father Daniel Humphreys, who baptised Wilfred last year, the certificate also shows. And the witnesses were close friends of Mrs Johnson’s – Janna Lawrence and Catherine Humphrey

As a twice-divorced man, the premier was still able to marry Miss Symonds in the Catholic cathedral because his previous non-Catholic marriages were not considered valid

As a twice-divorced man, the premier was still able to marry Miss Symonds in the Catholic cathedral because his previous non-Catholic marriages were not considered valid 

Mr Johnson’s wedding before restrictions were due to be lifted on June 21 raised fears that big weddings would not go ahead this summer. In the end, lockdown was extended to July 19, but the 30-guest limit on weddings was axed – though regulations forbid dancing and require masks.  

As a twice-divorced man, the premier was still able to marry Miss Symonds in the Catholic cathedral because his previous non-Catholic marriages were not considered valid. 

The couple tied the knot in secret before celebrating with a small group of family and friends. Cabinet ministers and Tory MPs friendly with Mr Johnson were said to be upset at being excluded.

Mrs Johnson hired her £2,870 wedding dress by designer Christos Costarellos for just £45 from MyWardrobeHQ for the day and said after the ceremony that she was ‘very, very happy’.  

Mr Johnson is said to have picked his closest brother Leo – co-presenter of Radio 4 series Future Proofing -to stand by his side as his best man and provide moral support on his big day. 

Mr Johnson, 57, married Miss Symonds, 33, at the Catholic Westminster Cathedral on May 29 and was followed by a celebration in the Rose Garden at Number 10 Downing Street

Mr Johnson, 57, married Miss Symonds, 33, at the Catholic Westminster Cathedral on May 29 and was followed by a celebration in the Rose Garden at Number 10 Downing Street 

Fellow Johnson siblings Jo, Julia and Rachel were also in attendance at the small wedding, the premier’s third.

Both the bride and groom’s mothers joined the summer festival-themed party in the Downing Street garden, but Carrie’s father Matthew Symonds was not present. It is not known if he was invited by the couple.

It is thought that none of Mr Johnson’s four grown-up children from his second marriage to the QC Marina Wheeler were there to see their father remarry. 

Allies of Mrs Johnson said the wedding marked a victory against Dominic Cummings, the premier’s former chief advisor, and his inner circle. The two sides clashed during the time they shared in Downing Street, and have been engaged in a briefing war since Mr Cumming’s firing in November.

The former No10 aide had told MPs that week that Mrs Johnson had made allegedly ‘completely unethical and clearly illegal’ moves to install her friends in No10 jobs and seeking to drive him out.  

How was twice-married PM able to marry in a Catholic Church? 

Questions were raised on how twice-divorced Boris Johnson was able to remarry in a Catholic church.

Mr Johnson was baptised as a Catholic but was confirmed as an Anglican as a teenager when he was at Eton. His bride Carrie Symonds is a practising Catholic.

The Diocese of Westminster confirmed that, as someone baptised in the faith, Mr Johnson’s previous marriages were not considered valid because they were not Catholic ceremonies.

So this meant the Prime Minister could marry for the ‘first’ time in a Roman Catholic church.

Despite explanations about how their wedding could have been held in accordance with Vatican doctrine, the subject was being keenly discussed yesterday by Westminster Cathedral worshippers.

Some wondered whether Mr Johnson had needed to convert before the nuptials took place, while one even brought up Henry VIII’s troubled love-life as a potential precursor.

But last night a Diocese of Westminster spokesman confirmed: ‘With regard to divorced persons, a baptised Catholic who has contracted a marriage recognised in civil law but without observing the requirements of Catholic Canon Law is not recognised as validly married in the eyes of the Catholic Church.’

Austen Ivereigh, a Roman Catholic author, commentator and biographer of Pope Francis, said on Twitter: ‘Many will ask how it is that the Catholic Church, famous for its vigorous commitment to the permanence of marriage, should be witnessing the marriage of a twice-divorced PM who is publicly notorious for the opposite? What kind of message does that send?

‘But Catholics have a right to the sacraments and if they fulfil the requirements in law, and properly enter into them, no one can stop them exercising those rights.’

Mr Johnson was married to first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen for six years and to second wife Marina Wheeler for 27 years.

A Westminster Cathedral spokesman added: ‘The bride and groom are both parishioners of the Westminster Cathedral parish and baptised Catholics.

‘All necessary steps were taken, in both Church and civil law, and all formalities completed before the wedding. We wish them every happiness.’

Couples will be able to get married OUTDOORS for the first time from next month under major rule change in England and Wales 

Couples will be able to get married outdoors for the first time from next month in a major rule change unveiled today.

The Government says that from July 1, outdoor wedding and civil partnership ceremonies will be legal in England and Wales.

The change initially applies only to weddings conducted by registrars, but officials signalled that further changes for church and other religious ceremonies could follow next year.

The move has been billed as a piece of good news for a wedding industry hard hit by lockdown.

The Government says that from July 1, outdoor wedding and civil partnership ceremonies will be legal in England and Wales (file photo)

The Government says that from July 1, outdoor wedding and civil partnership ceremonies will be legal in England and Wales (file photo)

Although the rule limiting wedding parties to no more than 30 people will be dropped from tomorrow, restrictions on singing and dancing remain.

The signing of the register in weddings and civil partnership must currently take place within approved, permanent structures in premises licensed to hold such ceremonies, such as hotels.

But from July 1, couples will be able to have the whole ceremony outside at approved venues.

Last night, Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: 'A couple's wedding day is one of the most special times in their lives and this change will allow them to celebrate it the way that they want'

Last night, Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: ‘A couple’s wedding day is one of the most special times in their lives and this change will allow them to celebrate it the way that they want’

This change is designed to give more options to couples and will have a public health benefit, as the spread of Covid is hugely reduced outdoors.

Last night, Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: ‘A couple’s wedding day is one of the most special times in their lives and this change will allow them to celebrate it the way that they want.

‘At the same time, this step will support the marriage sector by providing greater choice and helping venues to meet demand for larger ceremonies.’

The Government made a pledge in 2019 to legalise outdoor ceremonies.

A Law Commission report later this year will present options for further reforms to be considered by Ministers.


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