DOWNING Street is going to be all change this week as Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds welcome their first child back into No10.
The pair announced the happy news that Carrie had given birth to a baby boy this morning at a London hospital.
She will likely return to the PM’s residence in the coming days, where the two current live in the flat above No11.
No 10 previously said the baby was due in early summer, with further reports suggesting the end of May or beginning of June, meaning the couple conceived shortly after moving into Downing Street.
What we know so far:
- Boris was present at the birth of his sixth child, and third son
- Baby comes after Boris’ life-and-death coronavirus battle and after Carrie fought off bug
- Boris will not take part in PMQs today with Dominic Raab to take his place
- Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer and ex-PM David Cameron led congratulations
- Bookies suggest couple could call son Alexander after one of PM’s middle names
And it’ll have to be all change once the new family return.
Downing Street is mainly a working office, but with two flats above where previous PMs have lived.
And it won’t be the first baby to be born while in No10 either – Boris is actually the fourth PM in 150 years to become a dad while in office.
David Cameron had daughter Florence there back in 2010.
But she was actually born early – and the pair had their youngest daughter while on holiday in Cornwall instead.
She weighed just 6lb 3 oz when she was born with a near full head of hair, sweet snaps taken of the pair showed.
Florence arrived just three months after Mr Cameron came into office as part of a Coalition Government with Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats.
The ex-PM tweeted this morning: “Heartfelt congratulations @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds on your wonderful news today.
“Sam and I are thrilled for you both! Sorry we didn’t leave the cot – but the climbing frame should still be in the garden!”
Former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair also had a son while in office – wife Cherie gave birth to Leo in 2000, when he had been office for three years.
Born weighing 6lb 12oz at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Leo joined sister Kathryn and brothers Euan and Nicky.
Cherie revealed in her memoirs that he had been conceived during a stay at Balmoral with the Queen.
She claimed she had been too embarrassed to take her contraception with her on the trip.
Interestingly, Boris and Carrie spent a night in Balmoral with the Queen last year too, on September 6.
It is not yet clear exactly when the pair conceived their child, but it would have been in the weeks following their arrival in No10.
Before them, Lord John Russell had sons George and Francis in 1848 and 1849.
Gordon Brown’s kids were already born before he entered No10 in 2007 to take over from Tony Blair, but lived in the flats in Downing Street throughout.
The whole family of four smiled for the cameras when leaving office in 2010, after he lost the election.