Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds shows off her baby bump and engagement ring as she is seen for the first time since announcing she is pregnant
- PM and Carrie Symonds were attending a reception event marking International Women’s Day in No. 10
- First time Miss Symonds has been seen since she shared an intimate photo of her and the PM last Saturday
- Fashion-forward Miss Symonds donned long-sleeve tiered maxi dress from Anthropologie with bold patterns
- Wedding will mark the first time in at least 250 years a sitting prime minister has married while in office
Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds debuted her blossoming baby bump for the first time since the couple announced they were expecting a baby in early summer.
Miss Symonds’ engagement ring was also on full display while the couple mingled at an event marking International Women’s Day in No. 10.
Never one to shy away from bold colours and fashion-forward silhouettes, the former Conservative Party press officer donned a long-sleeve tiered maxi dress from Anthropologie for the reception.
It marks the first time Miss Symonds, 31, has been seen since she shared an intimate photo of her and the PM, 55, last Saturday with the caption: ‘I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me.
Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds debuted her blossoming baby bump for the first time since the couple announced they were expecting a baby in early summer. Pictured: The Prime Minister, Miss Symonds and Point of Light Award winner Lizzie Carr
Miss Symonds’ engagement ring was also on full display while the couple mingled at the Points of Light awards at No. 10
The date of their wedding has not been announced, but it will mark the first time in at least 250 years a sitting prime minister has married while in office. Pictured: Miss Symonds shows off her bump while mingling with guests at the awards
‘Many of you already know but for my friends that still don’t, we got engaged at the end of last year… and we’ve got a baby hatching early summer.’
The date of their wedding has not been announced, but it will mark the first time in at least 250 years a sitting prime minister has married while in office.
Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, the PM admitted he was ‘very excited’ for the birth of his child with Miss Symonds, but did not add anything else, prompting co-host Phillip Schofield to ask: ‘Is that it?’
When Mr Schofield then asked: ‘How good are you at changing nappies? Will you change nappies?’, the Prime Minister appeared flustered before eventually saying: ‘I expect so.’
The Prime Minister has at least five children, although he has never confirmed the exact number after imposing a blanket ban on talking about his family. This will be the first child born to his 31-year-old partner.
Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds are engaged and expecting a baby in early summer
Mr Johnson, who has been married twice previously, this month finalised his divorce with estranged wife Marina Wheeler, with whom he has two daughters and two sons. Last night, Downing Street would not confirmed if the decree absolute had been granted.
While he was still married to barrister Ms Wheeler, he began dating Tory PR adviser Ms Symonds, and the couple are believed to have been in a relationship for over a year.
A spokesperson for the couple said: ‘The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer.’
Ms Symonds and Mr Johnson, who live together in Downing Street, recently enjoyed a luxury Christmas Caribbean vacation in Mustique where he is believed to have proposed.
The couple’s relationship has been firmly in the public spotlight, and a row in her Camberwell flat during last summer’s Tory leadership election wobbled Mr Johnson’s bid for the top job.
On Friday, it emerged Ms Symonds had hired a media professional to handle her communications and help on her campaigns as she molds into the role of the UK’s first lady.
But she has already been described as the power behind the throne, with reports of her and Downing Street supremo Dominic Cummings in a tug of war for the PM’s ear.
It marks the first time Miss Symonds has been seen since she shared an intimate photo of her and the PM last Saturday with the caption: ‘I wouldn’t normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me’. Pictured: Mr Johnson addresses the crowd at the awards
Ms Symonds is the first unmarried partner of an incumbent British prime minister. She has largely kept out of the public eye since Mr Johnson, 55, took the reins of government in July.
She was scarcely seen at the PM’s side on the general election campaign trail, but waved with her soon-to-be husband on the steps outside the famous black door following the Conservatives’ thumping victory.
The couple chose to live at the larger four-bedroom flat at No 11 Downing Street instead of the smaller two-bedroom official residence at No 10.
They already share a dog, Dilyn, with the PM saying that he helped keep his stress down during the election campaign.
It has been suggested in the past that Ms Symonds could not become a fully-fledged ‘first lady’ until the couple were married.
Mr Johnson was coy when asked about the subject last year, telling reporters that marriage speculation was ‘a tiny bit premature’.
Pictures from the awards earlier this week were shared to No. 10’s official Twitter page with the caption: ‘Tomorrow it’s International Womens Day. We celebrated earlier this week by hosting a reception at Downing Street.’
The couple were pictured with Point of Light Award Winner Lizzie Carr, 32, who teaches volunteers how to ride inflatable paddle boards and then puts them to work with litter pickers on rivers and canals.
In 2017, the cancer survivor became the first woman to paddle board solo across the English Channel.
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