New Delhi: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds on Saturday announced their engagement and said they are expecting a baby later in the year. Johnson, 55, and conservationist Symonds, 31, became the first unmarried couple to occupy Downing Street when they moved in last year. Also Read - Prince Philip Laid to Rest in Royal Funeral at Windsor Castle Celebrating Service to Queen, Britain, Commonwealth
“The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer,” the spokesperson said. Also Read - Nirav Modi's Extradition Approved by UK Home Minister Ahead of Boris Johnson's India Visit
Symonds is also the youngest partner of a UK Prime Minister in 173 years. Also Read - UK PM Boris Johnson To Visit India In April To Unlock Indo-Pacific Opportunities
Talk of a Downing Street wedding bells had gathered momentum after it emerged in court documents earlier this month that Johnson and his Indian-origin ex-wife Marina Wheeler had agreed on a divorce settlement.
The details of the financial settlement have not been made public.
Johnson and Wheeler, who married 25 years ago before their separation last year, have four grown-up children Lara, Milo, Cassie and Theodore.
This will be Johnson’s third marriage. He met his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, while they were students at Oxford University and they married in 1987.
The marriage was annulled in 1993 and he wed Wheeler later that year.
The last child born to a sitting UK prime minister belonged to David and Samantha Cameron, who welcomed Florence Rose Endellion into their family in August 2010.
Symonds met Johnson during her time as the communications chief for the Conservative Party.
She now works for an ocean conservation charity and it was recently reported that she had appointed her own Downing Street aide akin to a First Lady.
(With PTI inputs)