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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Gets Married for the Third Time

By Lori Perkins

Well, it was far from a royal wedding.

Fifty-six year-old British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his third wife, 33 year-old Carrie Symonds, in an unannounced ceremony on Saturday attended by only 30 people, which included his dad and the couple’s one-year-old son. Just the week before, Johnson had sent out a “save-the-date” notice for a wedding in July. According to an article in The New York Times, “even Mr. Johnson’s close aides were not told in advance of the ceremony.”

The wedding took place in London’s Westminster Cathedral, a Catholic church. According to The New York Times, “Mr. Johnson, was baptized as a Catholic by his mother, converted to the Anglican faith while in boarding school. He met Ms. Symonds, a Catholic and a former Conservative Party communications aide, while he was married to his second wife, Marina Wheeler, with whom he has four children.”

A spokesman for the prime minister’s office confirmed on Sunday: “The prime minister and Ms. Symonds were married yesterday afternoon in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral. The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer.”

This was the first marriage of a Prime Minister while in office since 1822, when Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester, his second marriage.

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