Carrie Symonds, the fiancée of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has given birth to the couple’s son, a government spokesman said today. “The prime minister and Ms. Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning,” the spokesman said. “Both mother and baby are doing very well. The PM and Ms. Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”
The birth of his latest son comes just two weeks after the prime minister was released from St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, after being treated for COVID-19, at one point having to be moved into intensive care to treat the illness. Johnson, 55, first tested positive for coronavirus in early April, and spent the first 10 days of his illness self-isolating in Downing Street before moved to the hospital. When he was released from St. Thomas he paid tribute to the hospital’s staff, saying “I can’t thank them enough. I owe them my life.” He later added, that “the NHS has saved my life, no question.”
Symonds had also suffered symptoms of the virus and had isolated herself during the period when Johnson was hospitalized, but was never hospitalized herself.
The Daily Mail reported that Johnson was by his 32-year-old fiancee’s side throughout the labor and the birth of their son, whose name has not het been disclosed.
In late February, Symonds announced on her Instagram account that the couple had gotten engaged at New Year’s and that they were now expecting their first child. Earlier, the two had made British history by being the first unmarried couple to live at 10 Downing Street.
Johnson has four children with his second wife, the lawyer Marina Wheeler: Lara Lettice, 26, Milo Arthur, 24, Cassia Peaches, 22, and Theodore Apollo, 20. The couple’s divorce was finalized in February after 25 years of marriage. The child will be the first for Symonds, a former communications chief for Johnson’s Conservative Party.
Johnson is not the first British Prime Minister to have a child born while in office. In 2010, former Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron, had a daughter within months of Cameron taking office. About 10 years earlier, Tony Blair became the first British prime minister in 150 years to have a child while in office.