BORIS Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have set a wedding date for next year after delaying plans due to the deadly Covid pandemic.
The wedding will be the third for the Prime Minister — and Carrie’s first.
When are Boris and Carrie getting married?
Boris Johnson, 56, and Carrie Symonds, 33, will “celebrate their wedding” next summer.
The Prime Minister and his fiancée have sent save-the-date cards to family and friends for a lavish bash on Saturday, July 30, 2022.
The couple got engaged in late 2019 but, like thousands of other loved-up Brits, have had to delay plans because of Covid.
Details of exactly where the couple will say “I do” remain a closely guarded secret, but pals say they are waiting until next year for a big celebration to be on the safe side.
However, friends of the couple say the fight against the virus, and getting the country bouncing back from the pandemic, means this summer is too soon for their big knees-up.
Early contenders as a location for the party include the PM’s country pile Chequers in Buckinghamshire, or the Port Lympne safari park in Kent, where Carrie works.
A spokesman for the couple has declined to comment on a “private family event”.
The PM had hinted in March 2021 that he could tie the knot with fiancée Carrie Symonds when England's third lockdown is lifted.
Asked if he was planning a summer wedding, he told The Sun: “The wedding industry is certainly gonna come roaring back in common with many other sectors of the economy.”
As part of the PM's easing of measures, up to 30 people were able to attend weddings from May 17, 2021.
No earlier than June 21, the government hopes to "be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact", including for "weddings and other life events".
The Prime Minister and his partner welcomed son Wilfred on April 29, 2020.
How did they meet?
There's a 24-year age gap between the PM and his wife-to-be.
Pals first caught wind that he fancied Carrie, then Tory director of communications, in February 2018 when they attended the party’s Black and White fundraising ball.
They hardly took their eyes off each other and six days later Carrie tweeted enthusiastically about a speech the PM had made about Brexit.
That evening they were spotted tucking into a Valentine’s dinner in London’s Covent Garden.
The couple went to extraordinary lengths to meet during and after work. And the PM sent a car to pick up Carrie from a wedding held near Chevening, his country retreat in Kent.
News of the looming sound of wedding bells came after weeks of a Downing Street turf war which has seen hostile briefings aimed at Carrie in early 2021.
Boris has also been facing questions over the expensive refurbishment of his official flat above No 11 overseen by his fiancee.
Who was Boris previously married to?
Boris met first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, while they were students at Oxford.
They married in 1987 but the marriage was annulled in 1993.
That year he married Marina Wheeler – the couple are now divorced.
The last PM to marry in office was Lord Liverpool who wed Mary Chester in 1822.
Lord Liverpool's first wife Louisa died aged 54 the previous year.
Boris is also believed to be the first Prime Minister to divorce in office since Augustus FitzRoy, the 3rd Duke of Grafton.
An act of parliament allowed him to leave first wife Anne in 1769.
The Duke quickly married Elizabeth Wrottesley and the couple went on to have 13 children.
Who has Carrie Symonds dated?
Ex-boyfriends have largely kept their own counsel but one, Oliver Haiste, paints a picture of an intense young woman with whom he had a “tumultuous” relationship.
He said: “When times were good with Carrie they were great. When times were bad they were awful.
“It’s the most up-and-down relationship I have had.”
Carrie Symonds is “very loyal” when it comes to relationships but can go in the “opposite direction”, according to her ex-boyfriend.
They dated until 2010.
Oliver added: "She often brings a lot of intensity to relationships, be they romantic or friendships.
“That passion can work the other way when she is not happy with you.
“When times are good, she is very loyal. When times are bad, she can go in completely the opposite direction and possibly, in my view, to excess.”
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