How Carrie Symonds went from powerful Tory PR guru to Boris Johnson’s First Lady


PREGNANT Carrie Symonds is set to officially become “first lady” instead of “first girlfriend” — after her engagement to Boris and their summer baby was announced yesterday.

She is the first unmarried partner to live with a Prime Minister at Downing Street and her profile has been on a steady rise since their relationship came to light in September 2018.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are engaged and expecting their first child together

The first time the public heard of Carrie’s link with Boris was in September 2018

Last week it was revealed she had been given her own adviser — cementing her position.

Carrie grew up in East Sheen, South West London, and went to prestigious private school Godolphin and Latymer School in nearby Hammersmith.

She worked for eight years as a communications and PR guru for Conservative Campaign HQ alongside leading Tories including Michael Gove and Amber Rudd.

The lucrative role led to her being named as the UK’s second most powerful public relations professional by PR Week magazine. She quit in around August 2018, before starting at Bloomberg as PR for their Vibrant Oceans programme.

Rumours about the couple being together first circulated in September 2018 as news broke of Boris’s separation from his second wife Marina Wheeler — mum to the PM’s children Lara, 26, Milo Arthur, 23, Cassia Peaches, 22 and Theodore Apollo, 20.

In July 2019 Carrie moved in with Boris, taking the space above No11 Downing Street instead of the traditional residence at No10.

Boris and Marina — married for 25 years — finalised a divorce deal earlier this month and at the end of the hearing she was given permission to apply for a decree absolute that will bring the marriage to an official end.

Boris is believed to be the first PM to be divorced while in office in modern times.

The PM and his girlfriend are now engaged and will welcome a baby in the summer

Carrie, 31, on her first official engagement in Downing Street

Carrie Symonds at the State Opening of Parliament on October 14, 2019

The PM’s partner cuddles up to the couple’s pet Dilyn on the day of the general election

Carrie worked at Conservative Party HQ for eight years
Carrie was voted Britain’s second most powerful PR professional

Carrie played a key role in Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign

The blonde beauty has been on the PM’s arm at official party events

Carrie lives in the flat above No11 with the Prime Minister

Carrie Symonds went to the private Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, London
The South West London native has not been shy about her party days on social media
Carrie loves the outdoors and campaigns for environmental issues
Carrie has enjoyed sailing holidays in the past and with Boris Johnson recently on Mustique