Carrie and Boris: how did they meet and when did they marry?

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Her first job in politics at Zac Goldsmith launched her career within the Tory party

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During the renovation of the apartment, critics branded her as “Carrie Antoinette”.

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However, she was also a high achiever in the Tory party before marrying Mr Johnson, with multiple reports also suggesting she is a shrewd political operator.

She married Mr Johnson in 2021 and they now have two children together.

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Mr Johnson has been married twice and has four children from his second marriage – alongside allegations over the years that he was having affairs.

Here’s how the couple met, who Ms Johnson is, what the age difference is between them and who Boris Johnson’s previous partners are.

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Who is Carrie Johnson?

Born Carrie Symonds, Ms Johnson is the daughter of Independent newspaper founder Matthew Symonds and newspaper attorney Josephine McAfee.

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She was educated at the £20,000 Godolphin and Latymer School in Hammersmith, west London, where Nigella Lawson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Kate Beckinsale were alumni.

The 33-year-old then studied art history and theater studies at Warwick University.

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At 20, she testified in court against notorious sex offender John Worboys.

She had been a passenger in his taxi and had accepted a drink he had pawned.

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She passed out in the taxi and had no memory of what happened on the ride.

After graduating in Theater Studies and History of Art from Warwick University, Ms Johnson considered a career in acting.

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She appeared in amateur productions and made it through the final casting for a supporting role in Keira Knightley’s 2007 film Atonement.

After failing to get a role, she turned to politics and joined Conservative headquarters as press secretary.

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She says her first job in politics was working for Zac Goldsmith, MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston.

Ms Johnson said she was “not sure I would have worked for the Tories if it wasn’t for him”.

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She joined the Conservative Party as press secretary in 2010 and two years later was working on Mr Johnson’s successful campaign for re-election of London Mayor in 2012.

She later worked for then Culture Secretary John Whittingdale before being hired as special media adviser to Sajid Javid when he was at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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She became the party’s communications director, but left in 2018 to work in public relations for Oceana – a project that protects marine life.

Ms Johnson later joined the conservation group Aspinall Foundation in January 2021 and became its communications director.

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How did you meet?

Ms Johnson was first romantically linked to the Prime Minister by the media in early 2019.

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He and his second wife, childhood friend Marina Wheeler, had announced they were divorcing in 2018 after 25 years.

They have four children together.

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During the launch of Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign in 2019, Ms Johnson was seen in the audience.

In the same month, before Mr Johnson won the lead, police were called to the couple’s south London home after neighbors reportedly overheard a loud argument.

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When Mr Johnson first became Prime Minister in July 2019, Mrs Johnson watched from the sidelines as he entered Number 10 – in contrast to her predecessors, who joined their husbands on the steps of Downing Street.

But after the December elections, the couple went in together.

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The couple, who live in the flat above 11 Downing Street, adopted a Jack Russell Cross puppy from an animal rescue organization in South Wales, whom they named Dilyn.

When did you marry?

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In February 2020, they both announced that they are engaged and expecting a baby.

Her son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas was named in tribute to her and Mr Johnson’s grandfathers – as well as two doctors who treated the Prime Minister while he was in hospital with coronavirus.

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The couple married at Westminster Cathedral on May 29, 2021.

This officially made Mr Johnson the first Prime Minister to marry while in office in almost 200 years.

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No date was announced for their wedding and news surfaced shortly after the ceremony, before being confirmed by Downing Street the next day.

In July 2021, they announced they were expecting another baby around Christmas – and that Ms Johnson miscarried earlier in the year.

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Romy Iris Charlotte was born in December.

There is a 24-year age difference between Boris Johnson and Carrie.

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Who were Boris Johnson’s former partners?

In 1987, Mr Johnson married his girlfriend, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, whom he had met while they were at university when they were both 23 years old.

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Allegra is the daughter of Italian writer Gaia Sevadio and art historian William Mostyn-Owen and grew up at Aberuchill Castle in Perthshire, Scotland.

Her mother claimed the couple was incompatible from the start and they divorced after six years of marriage.

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High-flying solicitor Marina Wheeler was Mr Johnson’s second wife and the mother of four of his children.

It was reported that she was pregnant with their eldest child, Lara, when the couple wed on May 8, 1993 – reportedly 12 days after their first divorce.

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Marina is the eldest daughter of BBC correspondent Sir Charles Wheeler and his wife Dip Singh.

Appointed to the Queen’s Council in 2016, she specializes in human rights in public law.

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Their marriage was rocked by reports of his infidelity and in 2018 they announced their split.

Marina and Mr Johnson finalized their divorce in May 2020.

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During his marriage to Marina, Mr Johnson reportedly had an affair with society writer Petronella Wyatt.

He allegedly had an affair with her when he was an editor at The Spectator and she was one of his columnists.

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Petronella later said she had an abortion and suffered a miscarriage.

In 2004, when the affair became public, Mr Johnson was forced by then-Conservative leader Michael Howard to resign as shadow arts secretary and deputy party leader.

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