Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds name baby after coronavirus doctors

Lifestyle Team
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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have revealed the name of their newborn son: Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

The prime minister, 55, and his fiancée, 32, welcomed their first child together on Wednesday morning.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds  leaving church
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have revealed the name of their son. Photo: Getty Images

In a post on Instagram, the new mother revealed the multiple meanings behind her son’s name.

The child was named after Johnson’s grandfather, Wilfred, and her grandfather, Lawrie.

The name Nicholas was selected in honour of two doctors, Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart, who saved the prime minister’s life when he was battling the coronavirus in hospital last month.

Symonds also shared that her son arrived at 9am on 29 April and praised the maternity team at University College Hospital in London where she gave birth.

Carrie Symonds with her baby
Carrie posted a gushing post to her Instagram page. Photo: Instagram/Carrie Symonds

She added: “Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well.

“I couldn't be happier. My heart is full.”

A flurry of bets placed Wilfred as the frontrunner just hours within hours of the little boy’s arrival.

Following the birth, a spokeswoman for the prime minister and his partner said both mother and baby were “doing very well”.

“The prime minister and Ms 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 spokeswoman said at the time.

Johnson and Symonds, pictured here at the Conservative Party Conference in September 2019, announced their engagement and baby news simultaneously at the end of February 2020. (Getty Images)
Johnson and Symonds, pictured here at the Conservative Party Conference in September 2019, announced their engagement and baby news simultaneously at the end of February 2020. Photo: Getty Images

“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”

It is understood the prime minister was present throughout the birth.

While there has been no confirmation the couple’s child arrived ahead of his due date, the pair announced in March that Symonds was due in “early summer”, a season that begins on 20 June in the UK.

No other birth details, including the baby’s weight, have been shared.

The couple’s baby is Johnson’s sixth child. Johnson has four children with his second wife, lawyer Marina Wheeler – Theodore, Cassia, Milo and Lara. The couple’s marriage ended in September 2018 after 25 years together.

In 2013, the Appeal Court ruled that the public had a right to know that Johnson had fathered a daughter during an adulterous liaison while mayor of London in 2009.

Words by Alison Coldridge

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