UK PM Johnson marries in secret ceremony

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United Kingdom media reports say British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has Wednesday.

The last prime minister to get married while in office was Robert Banks Jenkinson in 1822.

Half an hour later, a limousine carrying the bride swept into the piazza outside the main west door.

The Sun said some senior staff in Johnson's office were unaware of the wedding plans.

The wedding comes at the end of a hard week for the prime minister in which his former aide Dominic Cummings branded him unfit for office.

The Sun reported that the ceremony at the Catholic cathedral was carried out by Father Daniel Humphreys who had given the couple pre-marriage instructions, and baptised Wilfred past year.

One witness said the cathedral went into lockdown for the half-hour service.

"It's not very often we have weddings here, and when they came out they were all bungled into a auto".

Initially, Downing Street said "no comment" when asked if the couple were hitched.

They say Johnson and Carrie Symonds held a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in central London on Saturday. The proposal reportedly came following his win in the December General Election.

He later married Marina Wheeler in 1993, but they separated in 2018.

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When he was elected in 2019, Boris Johnson was the first British prime minister to live with an unmarried partner.

Current coronavirus restrictions in England limit attendants of a wedding ceremony to 30.

Ceremonies are permitted for up to 30 people in Covid-secure venues.

Johnson and Symonds had been waiting for months to tie the knot, after being forced to delay their plan a year ago due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

But dancing is advised against due to the increased risk of transmission, except for the couple's traditional first dance.

Children's Minister Vicky Ford also tweeted a congratulatory message.

On Sunday, the news of Symonds and Johnson's secret wedding stirred a flurry of congratulations.

The wedding comes at the end of a hard week for the Prime Minister in which his former aide Dominic Cummings branded him unfit for office.

Johnson, who has faced several bruising days of scrutiny after his former top aide Dominic Cummings lambasted his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, has been married twice before.

Johnson, 56, and 33-year-old Symonds, an environmental campaigner, announced their engagement in February 2020 and have a son together, one-year-old Wilfred.

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