Carrie Symonds becomes first Mrs Johnson after taking Boris Johnson’s last name


CARRIE Symonds became the first Mrs Johnson at the weekend after PM Boris married for the third time.

The bride opted to take her new husband’s name following a Catholic ceremony, which sparked some anger, whereas his first two wives kept their maiden names.

Boris Johnson with his new bride Carrie after their secret nuptials

Carrie, 33, who is understood to be a practising Catholic, and the 56-year-old Prime Minister tied the knot in a private ceremony in the Lady Chapel at Westminster Cathedral.

They will have a big celebration bash next July, as HOAR revealed last week.

The pair will also take their official honeymoon then at an as-yet undecided destination.

The pair slipped out of No10 yesterday afternoon to start a two-day “mini-moon” but the PM will be back at work tomorrow.

Saturday’s ceremony was officiated by Father Daniel Humphreys who baptised the couple’s son, Wilfred, one, in the Lady Chapel six months ago.

Mr Johnson was previously married to his university girlfriend Allegra Mostyn-Owen, 56, for six years and to Marina Wheeler, also 56, for 27 years. 

The couple, who had four children, finalised their divorce last year. Disgruntled Catholics questioned why the twice-divorced Prime Minister was permitted to have a Catholic ­ceremony.

Some worshippers at Westminster were “confused” because the Catholic church does not usually permit remarriage if a former spouse, or spouses, are still alive.

Boris leaving the back entrance to No10 the day after his wedding

Elizabeth Pierce, 68, said: “I don’t understand. Once you’re married, that’s it.”

The rector of St Paul’s in Deptford, South East London, Father Paul Butler, tweeted: “Always one Canon law for the rich and one for the poor.” 

The Cathedral said later that the couple were both parishioners and baptised Catholics. 

A spokesman said: “All necessary steps were taken, in both Church and civil law, and all formalities completed before the wedding.”

Matt Chinery, Ecclesiastical and Canon Lawyer, said the church had not recognised Mr Johnson’s first two marriages, so the third ceremony was permitted.

Several high-profile guests had been seen outside Westminster Cathedral shortly before the wedding, arousing suspicion among passers-by.

Insiders said the ceremony was a traditional affair from start to finish and included several Bible readings and an extract from the Song of Songs.

It is understood that the couple’s vows were not personalised.

Mr Johnson became the first PM to marry in office since Lord Liverpool in 1822.

Mr ands Mrs Johnson are driven from Downing Street to start a two-day break