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RICHARD KAY: A surreal playground awaits for Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ first child

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For an infant it is a princely playground, from the private walled garden to the giant nursery installed by a predecessor but one. 

But while this child-friendly idyll may be the perfect place to raise a baby, it is also a surreal one. 

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds‘ new born son will be welcomed into a world where his first companions will be the custodians, gardeners and policemen who keep Downing Street ticking over. 

It is they who will witness his first steps and daily excursions pushed in a pram to St James’s Park. 

Mealtimes will echo to the constant tread of civil servants switching between No 11 – where baby Johnson and his parents will live on two spacious floors – and the office next door at No 10 from where his father runs the country. 

Boris Johnson (pictured, arriving back at Downing Street after the birth of his son) has delayed his paternity leave - but will help change his new son's nappies, friends said last night

Boris Johnson (pictured, arriving back at Downing Street after the birth of his son) has delayed his paternity leave - but will help change his new son's nappies, friends said last night

Boris Johnson (pictured, arriving back at Downing Street after the birth of his son) has delayed his paternity leave – but will help change his new son’s nappies, friends said last night

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds' new born son will be welcomed into a world where his first companions will be the custodians, gardeners and policemen who keep Downing Street ticking over

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds' new born son will be welcomed into a world where his first companions will be the custodians, gardeners and policemen who keep Downing Street ticking over

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ new born son will be welcomed into a world where his first companions will be the custodians, gardeners and policemen who keep Downing Street ticking over

Although he is the third child to be born to a serving prime minister this century – Leo Blair in 2000 and Florence Cameron in 2010 are the others – he nevertheless joins an exclusive club of babies born when their father was PM. 

In the weeks to come the clutter of the nursery, nappies, babygrows and toys will pile up alongside the in-trays of government papers and the red boxes of the First Lord of the Treasury. 

Welcome to the complicated family life of Prime Minister Johnson and his fiancée, who has already acquired the teasing nickname FLOTUS – as in First Lady of the United States – from those who feel that at 32 Carrie has a little too much ambition for her own good. 

Motherhood, however, might be about to change all that. For Boris there will be precious little time to get to know his latest child. Downing Street have made clear there will be no paternity leave. 

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured, entering No 10) announced the birth of a 'healthy baby boy' in a London hospital this week

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured, entering No 10) announced the birth of a 'healthy baby boy' in a London hospital this week

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds (pictured, entering No 10) announced the birth of a ‘healthy baby boy’ in a London hospital this week

He has, however, told staff he will be changing nappies. 

The No 11 apartment where the child will be brought up is certainly big enough with five bedrooms, and a sleekly modern stainless steel kitchen and living area set in an open plan arrangement designed by a previous incumbent, Samantha Cameron. 

The bookies’ favourite for a name… Wilfred 

It’s been an unconventional pregnancy – and it seems the baby’s name will be too. 

Boris and Carrie are likely to give their son a ‘posh’ name – with Wilfred leading the field, say bookies. 

Alexander and Winston – after the PM’s hero Churchill – are also considered likely options. 

But Wilfred was so popular with punters yesterday morning that Ladbrokes slashed odds to 3/1. 

A spokesman for William Hill, which has Wilfred at 9/2 favourite, said he believes Boris will go with ‘a seriously posh name’. Ladbrokes has Thomas at 5/1 and George at 8/1, while Betfair has Alexander at 4/1, and James and Matthew at 6/1. 

Mr Johnson’s children with his ex-wife Marina Wheeler are named Lara, Milo, Cassia and Theodore. He also has a daughter named Stephanie with Helen Macintyre. 

It was Mrs Cameron who also configured a playroom for her three children. When she first arrived baby Florence did not have a cot so she slept in a cardboard box with her name stencilled on the side by her sister Nancy. 

Later as she grew up Florence took to propelling herself along the carpeted corridors connecting No 10 and 11 on a pink scooter, stopping to visit members of staff who gave her sweets. 

But like No 10, No 11 is a working environment. On the floors below the family’s apartment are the offices of the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and his staff. 

Of course there will be one playmate for the new baby, Dilyn, Boris and Carrie’s Jack Russell cross terrier. For the new parents – and dog owners – their secluded garden, reached down a private staircase will be a welcome refuge. 

In David Cameron’s time the garden was often filled with toys – as he suggested to Boris and Carrie in a congratulatory message on Twitter: ‘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!’ 

The couple are giving little away about what kind of child care they will have and whether there will be a nanny. Indeed such was the level of secrecy surrounding the baby’s birth yesterday that it was being likened to that of Archie to Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex. 

Like the royal birth, no details were given about where the PM’s baby was born – apart from the fact that it was at a London NHS hospital. Though the Palace released Archie’s weight, we have yet to learn baby Johnson’s. 

'Baby Johnson' is the third child to be born to a serving Prime Minister this century, following Florence Cameron (pictured with father David Cameron, August 2010)

'Baby Johnson' is the third child to be born to a serving Prime Minister this century, following Florence Cameron (pictured with father David Cameron, August 2010)

‘Baby Johnson’ is the third child to be born to a serving Prime Minister this century, following Florence Cameron (pictured with father David Cameron, August 2010)

Tony Blair talked of how baby Leo in the earliest days was carried from room to room ‘from the switchboard to the foreign policy unit’ during his time in office, though David Cameron said that after his daughter was born his wife ‘went off the scene’ with her for a bit to stay with her parents. 

Yet for Florence Cameron, No 10 became home and she didn’t want to leave. She was almost six when her father resigned and as the family moved out she tried to attach herself to the railings saying: ‘I don’t want to go.’ 

An insider says: ‘In many ways living in Downing Street is great. You’re not isolated like some new mothers are, and you’ve got all the mod cons and if you are in a jam people around to help. 

‘But Downing Street is a very busy workplace. Then there is the security, wonderful in so many ways but also so restricting. Remember it’s effectively a fortress with armed police patrolling outside and there can be no easy comings and goings.’ 

Baby supplies will need to be ordered and delivered and any excursion outside the perimeter planned and carefully executed. The baby’s arrival will also mean additional police security to protect both him and his mother. 

All this will take getting accustomed to. There has been speculation that Carrie might have been tempted to spend the early days of motherhood away from the frenzy of Numbers 10 and 11, for example at Chequers, the PM’s country residence. 

Leo Blair (pictured centre with father Tony Blair outside No 10 Downing Street, June 2001) was the first baby born to a serving Prime Minister since 2000

Leo Blair (pictured centre with father Tony Blair outside No 10 Downing Street, June 2001) was the first baby born to a serving Prime Minister since 2000

Leo Blair (pictured centre with father Tony Blair outside No 10 Downing Street, June 2001) was the first baby born to a serving Prime Minister since 2000

But I understand her view is that she is determined that Boris – who’ll be at No 10 – should be as involved as he possibly can be in their son’s first weeks. 

At almost 56, Boris will be by some distance Downing Street’s oldest new father, while Carrie, nearly 24 years his junior, will be one of its youngest mothers. 

That the girl nicknamed Apples on account of her luscious cheeks will be able to cope is not in doubt. She is, say friends, vivacious, capable and very driven. ‘Some would call her ruthless,’ says one of her circle. 

‘I prefer focused. She makes a plan and she sticks to it.’ 

Was the baby a plan? ‘Almost certainly yes, it sealed the deal didn’t it?’ 

All in all it has been a remarkable journey for the girl from sedate East Sheen to Downing Street and it involved overcoming the prejudice of being the product of an out-of-marriage love affair and being raised by a single parent. 

Her parents are Matthew Symonds, 66, one of the founders of the Independent newspaper and Josephine Mcaffee, 71, who was then one of the newspaper’s lawyers. 

Both were married to other people at the time of their affair and nor did they ever marry. 

Carrie was born in London in 1988 – four months later her father’s wife gave birth to her half-sister (she has two other half siblings) – and was brought up by her mother in a three bedroom town house in a leafy corner of south-west London. 

Her father provided financial assistance but, according to friends, was never much of a presence in her life. And it will be her mother on whom Carrie leans in these early days of maternity. 

In the meantime, however, she can rely on any number of people in Downing Street for help. As for her child, life there is likely to be a ball. ‘He will be treated like a little prince,’ says a friend of the PM. ‘How can he not be?’

From near-death to paternity… Virus survivor Boris won’t take leave yet (but he will be on nappy-change duty) 

By Jason Groves, Political Editor for the Daily Mail 

Boris Johnson has delayed his paternity leave – but will help change his new son’s nappies, friends said last night. 

In a surprise announcement just weeks after he fought coronavirus in intensive care, the Prime Minister and his fiancee Carrie Symonds revealed the arrival of their baby boy yesterday morning. 

Miss Symonds gave birth at an undisclosed NHS hospital in London amid tight secrecy. The child is the 32-year-old’s first. The Prime Minister, 55, is thought to have at least five other children from previous relationships. 

Miss Symonds gave birth at an undisclosed NHS hospital in London amid tight secrecy. The child is the 32-year-old's first. The Prime Minister, 55, is thought to have at least five other children from previous relationships

Miss Symonds gave birth at an undisclosed NHS hospital in London amid tight secrecy. The child is the 32-year-old's first. The Prime Minister, 55, is thought to have at least five other children from previous relationships

Miss Symonds gave birth at an undisclosed NHS hospital in London amid tight secrecy. The child is the 32-year-old’s first. The Prime Minister, 55, is thought to have at least five other children from previous relationships

He was present at the birth and asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons at midday. But he was back in Downing Street by lunchtime and later had an audience with the Queen by phone, as well as talks on coronavirus with new Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. 

Miss Symonds and the baby, who has not yet been named, were not expected home last night. The birth comes just over a fortnight after Mr Johnson was released from hospital following a serious brush with coronavirus, which he later said ‘could have gone either way’. 

Miss Symonds was also hit by symptoms of the virus earlier this month. The PM only returned to Downing Street on Sunday night, following a two-week convalescence at his country retreat Chequers. 

Mr Johnson said last month that he would ‘almost certainly’ take paternity leave when the baby was born. 

But with the coronavirus crisis at a critical stage, No 10 last night said this would now be postponed. His press secretary said: ‘I expect the Prime Minister to take a short period of paternity leave later in the year.’ 

However sources said the PM had told friends he ‘would be changing nappies’. 

Cameron: Sorry we didn’t leave a cot! 

By Inderdeep Bains for the Daily Mail

Well-wishers including the Queen congratulated the new parents yesterday. 

Buckingham Palace confirmed Her Majesty had sent a private message to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds. 

Former Prime Minister David Cameron also hailed the ‘wonderful news’. He added jokingly on Twitter: ‘Sorry we didn’t leave the cot – but the climbing frame should still be in the garden!’ 

The Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson said he was ‘absolutely thrilled’. And Chancellor Rishi Sunak declared it was ‘great to hear Downing Street is getting a new to resident’. 

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister for Scotland, wished ‘happiness to the wee one’. 

Foreign leaders including Australia’s Scott Morrison also hailed the baby boy’s arrival. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, sent ‘every blessing’. 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who stood in for Mr Johnson in Prime Minister’s Questions, said: ‘I’m sure the whole House will want to join with me in sending congratulations.’ 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer added: ‘I hope that this brings them incredible relief and joy.’ 

The baby was born exactly nine months after the couple moved in to Downing Street last summer when Mr Johnson became PM. They announced they were expecting a child two months ago. 

In a statement at the time, a spokesman said the baby was expected ‘in early summer’. The arrival in late April prompted speculation it might have been born prematurely. 

No details were released about the baby’s weight, but both mother and child were said to be ‘doing very well’. 

Downing Street declined to say whether the baby was born prematurely and the spokesman was unable to provide details of the weight, timing, nature or location of the birth. 

The couple are thought to have travelled to the hospital on Tuesday night. Throughout the evening, No 10 refused to say whether Mr Johnson would be taking part in Prime Minister’s Questions. 

It prompted speculation that the PM might be struggling with his health. But, in a statement just before 10am yesterday, a spokesman for the couple said: ‘The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy. Both mother and baby are doing very well. 

‘The PM and Miss Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.’ 

The new family are planning to live in their Downing Street flat with their dog Dilyn. 

The couple made history as the first unmarried couple to live in Downing Street last summer, after Mr Johnson won the Conservative leadership contest. 

Their son is the third baby born to a serving prime minister in recent history. Tony Blair’s wife Cherie gave birth to their fourth child, Leo, in 2000, and David and Samantha Cameron welcomed daughter Florence in 2010. 

The PM’s biographer, Andrew Gimson, told the BBC Mr Johnson’s attitude to children was ‘more the merrier… he’s certainly not getting into numbers’.

Beaming Boris Johnson looks every inch the proud father as he’s pictured hours after leaving bedside of fiancée Carrie Symonds and newborn son to return to tackling Britain’s Covid crisis in No10

By Martin Robinson and Mark Duell for MailOnline 

Boris Johnson was pictured beaming as he arrived back at 10 Downing Street today after his fiancée Carrie Symonds gave birth, while the Queen sent the couple a ‘private message of good wishes’ to congratulate them on their first child together.

Mr Johnson, who missed PMQs this afternoon, is said to have been by his 32-year-old fiancee’s side throughout the labour in the early hours of this morning and thanked ‘the fantastic NHS maternity team’ who brought their son into the world. 

But as he scrambles to get a grip on the coronavirus crisis, the PM left Carrie in a London hospital and returned to Downing Street amid concerns that key decisions over the lockdown and how to ease Britain out of it could slip because of the new baby.  

Mr Johnson also said in early March that he would probably take his two-week paternity leave when their child was born – but No 10 confirmed this afternoon he will delay his fortnight off until ‘later in the year’.

The safe arrival of their baby, Carrie’s first and officially Boris’s sixth, has come as a shock because Miss Symonds was expected to give birth in the early summer, although a due date was never confirmed. The newborn came just three weeks after his father was fighting coronavirus in intensive care.

Announcing the birth of their son, who has not been named yet, his spokesman said: ‘The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well. The PM and Miss Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.’  He added at a Lobby briefing this afternoon: ‘The PM was with Ms Symonds this morning for the birth of his son and is now back at work in Number 10’.   

The Queen has sent a private message of good wishes to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds to congratulate them on the birth of their son, Buckingham Palace said in a statement, as messages of goodwill flooded in from all over the world.

No 10 has not revealed the hospital the baby was born in – although St Thomas’, where Mr Johnson was in ICU just over a fortnight ago, is the closest to Downing Street.  It was previously reported that Carrie had wanted a home birth but these have largely been suspended by the NHS because of coronavirus. 

The new family are planning to live in their Downing Street flat along with their dog Dilyn, the spokesman confirmed, adding Mr Johnson had left hospital and was back working in Westminster.  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives back at 10 Downing Street today from hospital after the birth of his baby son

Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives back at 10 Downing Street today from hospital after the birth of his baby son

Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrives back at 10 Downing Street today from hospital after the birth of his baby son

Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds at the England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham on March 7, just before Mr Johnson contracted coronavirus

Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds at the England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham on March 7, just before Mr Johnson contracted coronavirus

Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds at the England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham on March 7, just before Mr Johnson contracted coronavirus

Boris Johnson DELAYS his paternity leave

Boris Johnson‘s is set to delay his paternity leave as he scrambles to get a grip on the coronavirus crisis, it was revealed today.

The PM previously said he would ‘almost certainly’ take time off when fiancee Carrie Symonds gave birth.

But Downing Street has signalled that Mr Johnson will not go on leave until later in the year, with the country currently in the throes of the deadly disease outbreak.

There were concerns over a power vacuum when Mr Johnson was hospitalised, and then spent two weeks recuperating at Chequers.  

The couple got engaged while holidaying on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique over the new year and announced they would marry and were having a baby on February 29, days after the PM’s divorce from Marina Wheeler was confirmed.

The birth came after an extraordinary month for the couple, who were self-isolating separately, first because of Carrie’s pregnancy and then when Boris fell ill. Mr Johnson then spent a week in hospital, including three days in intensive care, and Miss Symonds was also briefly bedridden with symptoms of Covid-19, but made a full recovery. 

They were only reunited last week at Chequers before she went into labour.

It is also just over two weeks since the PM was discharged from intensive care where he had been battling coronavirus. Miss Symonds also suffered symptoms of the disease. 

So how many children is that now, Boris?

The baby Carrie Symonds gave birth to today is her first child, but for fiancé Boris Johnson the experience of parenthood is one that will feel very familiar.

The Prime Minister now has at least six children, yet has not officially confirmed the exact number after leading a tangled love life that has seen him married twice. 

Boris and Marina married in 1993 before splitting in 2018. Divorce proceedings are now understood to have concluded

Boris and Marina married in 1993 before splitting in 2018. Divorce proceedings are now understood to have concluded

Boris and Marina married in 1993 before splitting in 2018. Divorce proceedings are now understood to have concluded

Both marriages ended after he had affairs. It may seem extraordinary that the number of children a Prime Minister has is not public record, yet that is the situation. 

What is known is that Mr Johnson and Marina Wheeler, who separated in 2018, have four children together: Lara Lettice, 26, Milo Arthur, 24, Cassia Peaches, 22, and Theodore Apollo, 20.

He also has a fifth child, Stephanie Macintyre, with art consultant Helen Macintyre. Stephanie is allegedly one of two children he fathered as a result of an affair.

The Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know that he had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while Mayor of London in 2009 – but also mentioned the possibility of a second baby.

It is not known if the Prime Minister has any more children – but his baby boy with Carrie Symonds is officially his sixth.

Mr Johnson is said to have been by her side throughout the birth. She sent him scans of the baby while he was ill with coronavirus earlier this month to raise his spirits. 

Neighbours of Josephine McAfee, Carrie Symonds’s mother expressed a mixture of delight and shock at news of the baby.

Carrie is a regular visitor to her mother’s home in South West London, where she also lived before going to university.

Peter Rees said: ‘I saw Ms McAfee this morning in her front garden and said hello. She didn’t say anything about being a grandmother. I’d heard it on the news and thought she might mention it.

‘I’m very happy for Carrie and Boris. The whole country is going through a difficult time and it’s nice to have some good news. It’s not quite a Royal baby but it’ll do.’

Local resident Dawn Humberstone said: ‘I’ve seen Carrie around from time to time and she’s always very pleasant. It’s great news that she’s had a baby boy.

‘Her and Boris must be going through some very mixed emotions. It wasn’t that long ago that they both had coronavirus and he was in intensive care. And now they’re parents. Everybody around here is really happy for them, regardless of their political affiliations.

Miss Symonds has been back living with Mr Johnson at Number 11 Downing Street as the Prime Minister leads the Government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

She had previously been self-isolating in Camberwell, South London, with the couple’s dog Dilyn, after suffering from symptoms of coronavirus.

The 32-year-old former government adviser then joined Mr Johnson at the PM’s country home of Chequers in Buckinghamshire while he recovered from the virus.

Mr Johnson returned to work on Monday after being photographed back at Downing Street on Sunday evening.

If it was a full-term pregnancy of 40 weeks, conception would have taken place last July, around the time Mr Johnson took over from Theresa May as prime minister.  

Boris already has four children with second wife Marina, Lara Lettice, 26, Milo Arthur, 24, Cassia Peaches, 22, and Theodore Apollo, 20. He also has a fifth child, Stephanie Macintyre, 11, after an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre with a sixth child from another affair also rumoured.

Will it be Wilfred or Winston? Bookies unveil their picks for the baby’s name with George, Alexander and James also among the favourites

Wilfred, Winston and Alexander have emerged as the bookies favourites for the name of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds‘ newborn baby son.

With Downing Street‘s newest resident yet to be named, there’s been a flurry of bets from punters across the country.

All bets are now off at Ladbrokes with Wilfred emerging as the heavily backed favourite.

William Hill is backing Winston as a favourite, with odds of 9/2, while Coral gave Alexander the shortest odds of 3/1

Boris Johnson’s grandfather is called Wilfred while Boris’ full name is Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. The name Winston, after Winston Churchill, a hero of the Prime Minister’s.

Just before betting closed Ladbrokes were offering odds of 1/1 on Wilfred with Thomas the next favourite at 4/1.

The acrimonious split with Marina has caused tension between Mr Johnson and his children, who he asked to meet in person in February to tell them he was engaged to Carrie and they were having a baby.

But not all of his children reportedly turned up for their father’s announcement and are said to be ‘furious’ because they believe Carrie and Boris got together after an affair.

Lara reportedly branded her father a ‘selfish b******’ after his split with her mother. 

Mr Johnson, 55, and Ms Symonds announced in late February that they were expecting a baby in ‘early summer’, and that they had become engaged at the end of last year. 

The news of the birth was welcomed by politicians today, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeting: ‘So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!’ 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: ‘Great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident. Congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son.’ 

Former chancellor Sajid Javid tweeted: ‘Congratulations Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson. Such wonderful uplifting news!’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: ‘Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.’  

The Prime Minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, said he was ‘absolutely delighted’ and ‘thrilled’ by the birth of his grandson. 

The couple have been messages of best wishes including from politicians and celebrities

The couple have been messages of best wishes including from politicians and celebrities

The couple have been messages of best wishes including from politicians and celebrities

The couple have been messages of best wishes including from politicians and celebrities

The couple have been messages of best wishes including from politicians and celebrities today

A timeline of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’s romance over the past year 

February 2018: Carrie and Boris were seen talking outside a Tory party ball

September 2018: Johnson and his second wife Marina Wheeler announced that they had separated ‘some time ago’ and were going to divorce.

March 2019: Carrie and Boris were seen holidaying in Italy

June 12, 2019: Miss Symonds sits in the audience at Boris Johnson’s campaign launch in London – the first time she has been seen at a public event with him

June 21 2019: Police are called to Mr Johnson’s home after neighbours hear a loud argument, allegedly between him and Miss Symonds

July 24: Mr Johnson becomes Prime Minister, taking over from Theresa May

July 29: Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds move into Downing Street together, becoming the first unmarried couple to live at the Prime Minister’s residence

September 2: Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds adopt Dilyn the dog, a rescued Jack Russell puppy

December 13: Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds wave as they enter Downing Street together following the Conservatives’ victory at the General Election

February 29, 2020: Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds announce their engagement and that she is pregnant with their first child together. They also reveal they became engaged over the New Year.

March 27: Mr Johnson reveals he has tested positive for Covid-19, after noticing mild symptoms the previous afternoon

April 4: Miss Symonds says she is ‘on the mend’ after suffering coronavirus symptoms while self-isolates in Camberwell, South London

April 5: Mr Johnson is admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London for tests as a ‘precautionary step’ as his symptoms persist

April 6: Mr Johnson is moved into intensive care in hospital after his condition worsens

April 12: Mr Johnson is discharged from hospital and goes to his country residence at Chequers to take a break from work. Miss Symonds says there have been ‘very dark’ times in the past week

April 26: The Prime Minister returns to Downing Street after recovering from Covid-19

April 29: Miss Symonds gives birth to a baby boy at an NHS hospital in London in the early hours of the morning

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: ‘Some good news – sending congratulations to Carrie and the PM. And wishing health and happiness to the wee one.’

And the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted: ‘Congratulations and prayers for @BorisJohnson and @CarrieSymonds as they welcome their son into the world. Wishing them every blessing and happiness.’   

Mr Johnson was discharged from St Thomas’ Hospital in London following a period in intensive care, they both thanked NHS staff for their ‘magnificent’ work. But was not well enough for work straight away.

First Secretary Dominic Raab ‘deputised’ for Mr Johnson while he was off, but he was said to have acted as a facilitator of debate in Cabinet rather than forcing decisions. 

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last year. 

Rumours had been swirling all morning about Mr Johnson’s absence from PMQs today.

Downing Street had refused to say whether the premier would be in the Commons for the regular session, which would have been his first since recovering from illness.

It was not clear whether he was still not up to an hour of intensive grilling from MPs, but Ms Symonds’ pregnancy was also the source of speculation. 

Carrie and Boris first met in 2012 when he was Mayor of London and she worked for the Tory party.

There were whispers of a close relationship in 2018 after they were seen speaking flirtatiously outside a Tory party ball.

Later that year Boris was thrown out by his wife Marina and said in a statement they were divorcing and had ‘separated some time ago’.

Six months later their relationship was confirmed after they were seen holidaying together in Italy.

When Mr Johnson and former Tory Party head of press Miss Symonds fell in love, many were sceptical that it could last.

The cynics appeared to have been proved right when they were overheard having a spectacular domestic spat in their London house early in their relationship that saw the police called.

Their well-publicised plate-smashing row was recorded by neighbours who claimed she yelled ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’ in Camberwell, south London last year. 

But they have proved the doubters wrong. Despite not being married, they negotiated tricky moments like visiting the Queen at Balmoral as an unmarried couple, with great dignity.

‘Wonderful news’: Keir Starmer leads congratulations for Boris  and Carrie

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds were showered in congratulations from across the political spectrum today after the birth of their son. 

Sir Keir Starmer had been expecting to face Mr Johnson at Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon.  After the news broke this morning, Sir Keir tweeted: ‘Wonderful news. Many congratulations to Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds.’

Mr Johnson’s Tory colleagues were also quick to join in, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock tweeting: ‘So thrilled for Boris and Carrie. Wonderful to have a moment of unalloyed joy!’ 

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: ‘On behalf of everyone in the House of Commons, may I say congratulations to the Prime Minister and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son.  Such happy news amid so much uncertainty – 2020 is certainly a year they will never forget.’ 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak tweeted: ‘Great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident.  Congratulations to @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds on the birth of their son.’

Sir Ed Davey, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, tweeted: ‘Many congratulations to the PM & Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son!’

From further afield there were congratulations from Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, who tweeted: ‘Congratulations @BorisJohnson and Carrie on the birth of your baby boy.  Nothing better than being a dad, an absolute blessing and even more so after the tough time you’ve had recently.’

And Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe tweeted: ‘My dear friend, @BorisJohnson, warmest congratulations on the birth of a sweet baby boy!’

Miss Symonds proved a great asset to Mr Johnson in the election campaign. She curbed her love of the limelight and made sure he was the centre of attention. 

Within weeks of becoming Prime Minister she became pregnant. Mr Johnson was heavily criticised soon into his premiership when many parts of Britain were badly flooded and he failed to visit them.

At the time he was staying with Miss Symonds at the Foreign Secretary’s official residence, Chevening in Kent, while repairs were being carried out at Chequers. 

Mr Johnson fell in love with Chequers in his days as Foreign Secretary in Theresa May’s government. 

But Mr Johnson’s political rivals lined up to brand the engagement announcement a distraction ploy as Britain suffered severe floods. 

The birth of their first child comes after a rollercoaster month where Boris almost died from coronavirus and his fiancee also started showing symptoms. 

On March 27 – the day Boris tested positive for coronavirus – Carrie shared a photograph of herself self-isolating with their dog Dilyn at the £1.3million Camberwell house she bought with Mr Johnson last year.

On April 5 Mr Johnson, 55, was rushed into ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital in central London with breathing difficulties and his partner was not allowed to be by his side because of her pregnancy and a blanket ban on visitors.  

They have been together since he was discharged. 

Carrie was brought up by her mother Josephine, who is now 71, in East Sheen, South-West London and attended the private £20,000-a-year Godolphin & Latymer School.

Her father Matthew, a founder of the Independent newspaper, lived in a large property not far away in Twickenham with his wife, Alison, with whom he has three children.

Matthew had an affair with Josephine, who was a lawyer on the paper— and Carrie is the product of that affair, born in 1988. 

Carrie and Boris  were first pictured together in February 2018 after a Tory ball at the Natural History Museum

Carrie and Boris  were first pictured together in February 2018 after a Tory ball at the Natural History Museum

Carrie and Boris  were first pictured together in February 2018 after a Tory ball at the Natural History Museum

HOW IS HAVING A BABY NOW DIFFERENT TO LIFE OUTSIDE LOCKDOWN?

The joy and reality of having a new baby now is very different to life outside of the coronavirus lockdown, childcare experts said.

Mumsnet and Gransnet website founder Justine Roberts told the PA news agency: ‘One of the hardest things Mumsnet users have found about giving birth during lockdown is feeling isolated.

‘Many are disappointed at not being able to introduce their baby to other family members.’

She was speaking after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancee Carrie Symonds gave birth to a baby boy at a London hospital on Wednesday morning.

Chief midwifery officer for England Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said: ‘I am incredibly proud of the NHS maternity team who looked after them and every single midwife across the country who, despite the unprecedented circumstances we all face, are still getting on with their day jobs and supporting new and expectant mums.’

She urged worried expectant mothers to get in touch with their midwifery team.

The NHS says it is important pregnant women still attend their antenatal appointments during the outbreak.

With face-to-face introductions, babysitting sessions and precious cuddles now out of the question due to safety rules, video calls are being used ‘to help bridge the gap and for those lucky enough to live close, they can ‘meet’ the baby through a glass window or from a 2m ‘social distance’ during their daily exercise’, according to Ms Roberts.

Gransnet site users have suggested setting up online message groups for family members, ‘so you can send pictures throughout the day (and during the 3am feed) and it can help you feel connected too’, Ms Roberts said.

She said there are now many support groups which have gone online and joining them can help to give the day some structure.

Ms Roberts said: ‘Mumsnet ante and postnatal forums are also a great alternative to traditional baby groups as a way to connect with others who’ve had a baby at the same time as you and where you can ask all the important questions, like meal suggestions which you can eat one-handed, whether feeding that many times a day is normal (it is!) or how to cope when your partner is constantly distracted by running the country.’

Netmums editor in chief Anne-Marie O’Leary advised all new parents that information ranging from health visitor chats to virtual new mum meet-ups ‘to help ward off any feelings of loneliness or any anxieties about feeling unsupported’ can be found online.

There can be no exceptions for the grandparents of the Johnson baby to meet the new arrival if they are over 70, have a pre-existing condition or are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.

Ms O’Leary said: ‘We know it’s hard when all a grandparent wants to do is cuddle that new baby, and all that new mum wants is a helping hand from her own parents, but for now, like any other family, they’ll have to play by the rules like everybody else in order to make sure we get through this lockdown and can all be together again as quickly as possible.’

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says there is no evidence that new mothers who are otherwise well are at increased risk of contracting coronavirus or of becoming seriously unwell.

It notes that a recently pregnant woman’s immune system is regarded as normal unless she has other forms of infection or underlying illness, and that children, including newborns, do not appear to be at high risk of becoming seriously unwell with the virus.

The RCOG said maintaining good hygiene standards is as important as ever and you should ensure the baby is feeding well and gaining weight.

It adds: ‘Once restrictions are lifted, we would caution against large family gatherings to celebrate your baby’s arrival until more is known about the spread of the virus in the community.’

So how many children is that, Boris? Newborn son is (officially) PM’s sixth child after four with ex-wife Marina Wheeler and daughter from 2009 affair… but courts mention possibility of one more

The baby Carrie Symonds gave birth to today is her first child, but for fiancé Boris Johnson the experience of parenthood is one that will feel very familiar.

The Prime Minister now has at least six children, yet has not officially confirmed the exact number after leading a tangled love life that has seen him married twice. 

Both marriages ended after he had affairs. It seems extraordinary that the number of children a Prime Minister has is not public record, yet that is the situation. 

Mr Johnson and Marina Wheeler, who split in 2018, have four children together: Lara Lettice, 26, Milo Arthur, 24, Cassia Peaches, 22, and Theodore Apollo, 20.

He also has a fifth child, Stephanie Macintyre, with art consultant Helen Macintyre. Stephanie is allegedly one of two children he fathered as a result of an affair.

Mr Johnson met his first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen while they were students at Oxford and they wed in 1987 but they were divorced in 1993. 

In 2004 it emerged that Johnson was reportedly having an affair with journalist Petronella Wyatt who had fallen pregnant and had an abortion.

He was sacked from the Tory frontbench over the affair. In 2006 the News of the World reported Mr Johnson had had an affair with journalist Anna Fazackerley. 

In September 2018, news about his relationship with former Tory communications chief Carrie Symonds came to light – and they later moved in together. 

Here are the details on all five of Mr Johnson’s known children before today: 

Lara Lettice Johnson with Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler in North London in May 2012

Lara Lettice Johnson with Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler in North London in May 2012

Lara Lettice Johnson with Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler in North London in May 2012

LARA LETTICE JOHNSON (born in 1993 to Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler)  

Lara was the first child born to Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler, in 1993.  

Just five weeks after her parents’ wedding day, Lara – who is only five years younger than Carrie Symonds – was born.

She attended Bedales School – which costs £33,000-a-year – in Hampshire and went on to read Latin at St Andrews University.

Lara allegedly branded her father a ‘selfish b******’ after his split with her mother.

She has previously been pictured in public with her parents, including when she casted a vote with them at a polling station in Islington, North London, during the London mayoral elections of May 2012.

MILO ARTHUR JOHNSON (born in 1995 to Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler)

Milo Arthur Johnson, 24, was educated at the £27,000-a-year Westminster School

Milo Arthur Johnson, 24, was educated at the £27,000-a-year Westminster School

Milo Arthur Johnson, 24, was educated at the £27,000-a-year Westminster School

Born in 1995, Milo was Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler’s first son. 

The 24-year-old was educated at the £27,000-a-year Westminster School and is said to be a keen sportsman. 

A 2011 issue of his school magazine described him as ‘delight to watch’ and said he was ‘without doubt the player of the season’ for his football skills.

Milo studied at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, graduating from there in 2014, and can speak Arabic, Russian and French.

He also worked as an intern in Dubai at men’s magazine Esquire Middle East. 

After Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler separated in 2018, the politician and Milo were photographed bringing tea for the Press outside his house in Oxfordshire. 

Cassia Peaches Johnson, 22

Cassia Peaches Johnson, 22

Cassia Peaches Johnson, 22

Cassia Peaches Johnson (born in 1997 to Boris Johnson and Marina Wheeler)

Cassia, thought to have followed in her father’s footsteps to be a writer, is the youngest daughter of Mr Johnson and Ms Wheeler. 

She was born in 1997 and went to Highgate School – which costs £18,000 per year.  

During Cassia’s time at the private school she was a student editor of their alumni magazine Cholmeleian.

THEODORE APOLLO JOHNSON (born in 1999 to Boris Johnson & Marina Wheeler)

Theodore Apollo Johnson, 20

Theodore Apollo Johnson, 20

Theodore Apollo Johnson, 20

Born in 1999, Theodore is Mr Johnson and his ex-wife Marina Wheeler’s youngest child.

He attended school in London before going to Cambridge University, unlike his father who attended Oxford.

He is listed on LinkedIn as ‘Theodore Johnson-Wheeler’ in a profile which states he started at Cambridge in 2017. 

Theodore has also been labelled previously as something of a doppleganger for Mr Johnson, with the same distinctive hair colour and style. 

STEPHANIE MACINTYRE (born in 2009 to Boris Johnson and Helen Macintyre)

Helen Macintyre (pictured), the mother of Boris Johnson's fifth child Stephanie

Helen Macintyre (pictured), the mother of Boris Johnson's fifth child Stephanie

Helen Macintyre (pictured), the mother of Boris Johnson’s fifth child Stephanie

He also has a fifth child, Stephanie Macintyre, with art consultant Helen Macintyre. 

Stephanie is allegedly one of two children he fathered as a result of an affair. 

The Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know that he had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while Mayor of London in 2009 – but also mentioned the possibility of a second baby.

The three appeal court judges said: ‘It was not material to the judge’s conclusion whether contraceptive precautions were taken.

‘What was material was that the father’s infidelities resulted in the conception of children on two occasions.

‘The judge was entitled to hold that this was of itself reckless behaviour, regardless of whether any contraceptive precautions were taken. ‘

Family life at No 11! As Boris Johnson becomes the fourth PM to raise a baby at Downing Street, what he and Carrie Symonds might learn from the Blairs and the Camerons – from escaping to Chequers to redesigning the kitchen

With the birth of his son in the early hours of this morning, Boris Johnson becomes only the fourth Prime Minister in 150 years to welcome a baby to Downing Street. 

His fiancée Carrie Symonds, 32, is thought to be still in the NHS London hospital where she gave birth but will soon return to the four-bedroom flat she shares with Mr Johnson above No 11. 

In doing so, the new family-of-three will be following in the footsteps of former Prime Ministers David Cameron and Tony Blair, who both became fathers while in office and had the highly unusual experience of raising children at Downing Street. 

The Camerons welcomed youngest daughter Florence, now nine, shortly after the 2010 election, while Tony and Cherie had son Leo, now 19, in 2009, three years after he was voted in for the first time. 

With the birth of his son in the early hours of this morning, Boris Johnson becomes only the fourth Prime Minister in 150 years to welcome a baby to Downing Street. David and Samantha Cameron welcomed daughter Florence in 2010

With the birth of his son in the early hours of this morning, Boris Johnson becomes only the fourth Prime Minister in 150 years to welcome a baby to Downing Street. David and Samantha Cameron welcomed daughter Florence in 2010

Tony and Cherie Blair had their fourth child, Leo, in 2000, three years after he was first elected

Tony and Cherie Blair had their fourth child, Leo, in 2000, three years after he was first elected

With the birth of his son in the early hours of this morning, Boris Johnson becomes only the fourth Prime Minister in 150 years to welcome a baby to Downing Street. David and Samantha Cameron welcomed daughter Florence in 2010 (left outside No 10) while Tony and Cherie Blair had their fourth child, Leo, in 2000, three years after he was first elected (right together)

The fourth Prime Minister to become a father in office was First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Russell, whose second wife, Lady Russell, gave birth to two sons, George and Francis in 1848 and 1849, respectively.

While Mr Johnson, already a father of five, and Miss Symonds will no doubt want to put their own stamp on parenting as a Prime Minister, there are certainly lessons that can be learned from their predecessors.  

From the Camerons’ flair for interior design to the Blairs’ escapes to Chequers, here 

A SPACIOUS APARTMENT WITH ROOMS TO SPARE 

Boris and Carrie's home above No 11 is spacious, with four bedrooms, a modern stainless steel kitchen and living area set in an open-plan arrangement designed by previous incumbent, Samantha Cameron. Pictured, Mrs Cameron hosting a breakfast club in the kitchen

Boris and Carrie's home above No 11 is spacious, with four bedrooms, a modern stainless steel kitchen and living area set in an open-plan arrangement designed by previous incumbent, Samantha Cameron. Pictured, Mrs Cameron hosting a breakfast club in the kitchen

Boris and Carrie’s home above No 11 is spacious, with four bedrooms, a modern stainless steel kitchen and living area set in an open-plan arrangement designed by previous incumbent, Samantha Cameron. Pictured, Mrs Cameron hosting a breakfast club in the kitchen

A luxury kitchen fit for a yummy mummy 

Cherie Blair had previously admitted that when she saw the kitchen at No 11, her heart sank because it was so outdated.

Samantha Cameron wasted no time in creating her own impression on the flat, with reports suggesting they had spent more than £600,000 making it look more modern in the Scandanavian, ‘minimalist’ style she is said to have favoured.

Photos which later emerged of the interior showed £25,000 kitchen with a £1,615 Flos Arco floor lamp, a £799 hood cooker by Sigma and a £250 Hemnes black wooden dresser from IKEA.

The upgrades made the home much more comfortable – as well as photogenic – when the Camerons hosted the great and good, with the Obamas among many guests over their six-year tenure of the building.

A glimpse inside the flat when the US First Lady arrived in 2011 showed the Camerons had also installed a £500 coffee machine, a £299 Magimix food processor and a smart £3,799 Britannia Sigma range oven.

Boris and Carrie chose to eschew the Prime Minister’s two-bedroom apartment above No. 10 Downing Street in favour of living in the Chancellor’s larger, four-bedroom home above No. 11. 

Up until now it has just been Boris and Carrie with Dilyn, their Jack Russell cross terrier, so there is potential to convert one of the rooms into a nursery, or accommodate a nanny.  

The swap between the No10 and No11 flat was originally done Tony Blair, who chose the more spacious property on his election in 1997 in order to better accommodate his three children, Euan, Nicky and Kathryn. His youngest son, Leo, was born three years later in May 2000. 

The arrangement worked out especially well as Gordon Brown, the then Chancellor, was single at the time. He married wife Samantha in 2000. 

When the Camerons first arrived at Downing Street, the couple moved into the top floor Georgian flat above Number 10. But at the time of youngest daughter Florence’s birth in August 2010, they were planning to take up residence next door.

The early arrival of their new baby forced the family to move sooner than they had planned.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph one month after her birth, Mr Cameron revealed that Florence had been sleeping in a cardboard box.

He said: ‘Nancy [his daughter] made her a cardboard box when we were in Cornwall as we didn’t have a cot and decorated it and she’s still in the cardboard box. She’ll be able to say I was brought up in Downing Street in a cardboard box.’

The property also enjoys the benefit of a private lift – perfect for transporting a pram – and a private back staircase leads down to the garden, which is lovely and secluded.

Just beyond is St James’s Park, perfect for taking new baby Johnson for a stroll. 

PIANO PRACTICE AND NIGHTS IN FRONT OF THE TV 

Tony Blair complained about the strains of bringing up a young family in Downing Street and his determination to protect his children from public scrutiny. He also said he and Cherie tried to keep a 'normal' life with nights in front of the TV and doing homework with the children. Pictured, with their children Nicky, Euan, Leo and Kathryn outside No 10 in 2005

Tony Blair complained about the strains of bringing up a young family in Downing Street and his determination to protect his children from public scrutiny. He also said he and Cherie tried to keep a 'normal' life with nights in front of the TV and doing homework with the children. Pictured, with their children Nicky, Euan, Leo and Kathryn outside No 10 in 2005

Tony Blair complained about the strains of bringing up a young family in Downing Street and his determination to protect his children from public scrutiny. He also said he and Cherie tried to keep a ‘normal’ life with nights in front of the TV and doing homework with the children. Pictured, with their children Nicky, Euan, Leo and Kathryn outside No 10 in 2005

The pampered prince of Downing Street

Boris’s baby is likely to be mightily spoilt. Florence was very much in her element in Downing Street by all accounts.

‘She lived there for the first five years of her life and everyone who worked there loved her,’ an insider told the Daily Mail. 

‘You are the little princess or, the princeling. The world revolves around you because of who your parents are.’

In her element: Florence Cameron, born in 2010, at Downing Street

In her element: Florence Cameron, born in 2010, at Downing Street

In her element: Florence Cameron, born in 2010, at Downing Street

The demands of a newborn baby and the sleepless nights he brings will no doubt add to the strain Mr Johnson already feels as Prime Minister during these unprecedented times. 

However in time the family will settle into their own routine and will find their own way to balance a life together with the demands of Mr Johnson’s job. 

Tony Blair complained about the strains of bringing up a young family in Downing Street and his determination to protect his children from public scrutiny. 

But the Blairs did all they could to keep a normal routine, and spoke about eating supper with the children, overseeing homework, supervising piano practice and watching TV together when they could. 

Cherie openly breast-fed her baby at Downing Street functions, which caused raised eyebrows, but times have moved on and Downing Street has a more modern outlook. 

The Camerons also shared a playful photograph of daughter Florence sitting in the Red Box as a toddler. 

Of course, depending on how long Mr Johnson is in office, his son might not remember his life spent at Downing Street.

While promoting his memoirs, For The Record, in October, Mr Cameron said Florence, leaving Downing Street in July 2016, was hazy about his time in power.

Aged five at the time, she asked her father, who relayed the story at the Cheltenham Literature Festival: ‘Daddy, is it true, were you actually the Prime Minister?’

EARLY WEEKS OF UNCERTAINTY 

The ongoing lockdown means that for Carrie, there will be no popping out to Boots for nappies, no taking the baby out for a stroll in the pram to a coffee shop. Baby supplies will need to be ordered and delivered in an operation that will require military planning.

However the scrutiny Downing Street and its residents are subjected to means it is far from a ‘normal’ experience for a new mother, even when the country is not in crisis. 

Every time she steps out of the flat, she will be under minute scrutiny. Friends and family who want to come and see the baby will have to go through all the security rigmarole. 

Which is why, perhaps, according to a well-informed Downing Street source, after Samantha Cameron gave birth to her daughter, Florence, in 2010 when her husband David was Prime Minister, she ‘went off the scene’ for a bit and went to stay with her parents. 

‘It’s great in some ways,’ the insider told the Daily Mail. ‘You’re surrounded by people. You’re not isolated, like some new mothers are. You’ve got all the mod cons.

‘It’s fine, but if I were Carrie I would spend as much time as possible out of Downing Street. It’s a workplace. The flat is very private, but you’re living above the shop. All the security arrangements make it incredibly hard for people to come and go. You are living in a fortress. It’s not normal.’

AN ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY 

Carrie may well find she prefers the space and seclusion afforded by other prime ministerial residences. The Blairs and their brood certainly maid the most of Chequers, where they spent weekends and school holidays. Pictured, the PM's country home in Buckinghamshire

Carrie may well find she prefers the space and seclusion afforded by other prime ministerial residences. The Blairs and their brood certainly maid the most of Chequers, where they spent weekends and school holidays. Pictured, the PM's country home in Buckinghamshire

Carrie may well find she prefers the space and seclusion afforded by other prime ministerial residences. The Blairs and their brood certainly maid the most of Chequers, where they spent weekends and school holidays. Pictured, the PM’s country home in Buckinghamshire

Carrie may well find she prefers the space and seclusion afforded by other prime ministerial residences. 

The couple recently spent time at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s 16th-century country residence in Buckinghamshire, while Mr Johnson recovered from coronavirus. They have also spent time at Chevening, the country residence shared with Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary.

The Blairs and their brood certainly maid the most of Chequers, where they spent weekends and school holidays. 

With its heated swimming pool and extensive grounds, the country retreat certainly offers plenty of space for a growing child to enjoy – and might offer new mother Carrie a welcome break from London life.

 

‘Baby number ?’ Twitter celebrates the birth of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ baby with comedy memes – joking the PM’s ‘only been back for two days and can now take paternity leave’

If the news that Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have welcomed a baby boy into the world this morning took a nation in lockdown by surprise, it wasn’t long before social media clicked into gear and conjured up a thousand memes on the happy news.  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s fiancée Carrie Symonds, 32, today gave birth to a ‘healthy’ baby boy at an NHS hospital in London – weeks earlier than anticipated.

The news, announced just before 10am this morning, quickly sent the hashtag #borisbaby soaring to the top of Twitter’s trending column. 

While many posted memes showing the PM, 55, and his girlfriend whooping with delight, and saying the news gave the nation a much-needed moment of joy, others couldn’t resist referencing Mr Johnson’s expanding brood – with a mischievous Wikipedia editor changing the reference to how many children the PM has to an uncertain ‘6 or 7’. 

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Elsewhere, there were plenty of snaps of blonde-haired babies doing the rounds, as social media comedians suggested that Boris junior may have been born with a mop of unruly hair like his father’s. 

Others showed dancing toddlers jigging with joy, suggesting that’s how Mr Johnson might feel at the prospect of two weeks of paternity leave, after just two days back at Number 10 following his battle with Covid-19. 

There was the gif of a cat furiously typing away, with its poster suggesting that it might be how ‘Eton’s administrative staff’ might look while adding the PM’s offspring to the private school’s waiting list.  

Another kept in mind the couple’s ‘fur baby’, saying Dilyn would have a ‘beautiful friendship’ with the new baby. 

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