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 and his partner Carrie Symonds, pictured together on March 9, have today had their first child – a son born in a London NHS hospital
Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds at the England v Wales rugby match at Twickenham on March 7, just before Mr Johnson contracted coronavirus
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