Wurzel Gummidge, a surprised Dominic Cummings and Carole Baskin: Internet has field day poking fun at Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’ marriage
- The Prime Minister married his fiancee at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday
- The wedding has sparked a series of memes from amused social media users
- Twitter users are now uploading pictures online poking fun at the newlyweds
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds’s wedding has sparked a series of memes from amused social media users – who have compared the couple to Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally.
The Prime Minister married his fiancee at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, capping a week of political drama with a wedding kept so under wraps that his office did not confirm it until the following day.
The event was not announced in advance and media reports on Saturday evening said guests were invited at the last minute to the Roman Catholic cathedral in central London, adding that even senior members of Johnson’s office were unaware of the wedding plans.
Twitter users are now uploading pictures online poking fun at the newlyweds, who have been living together in Downing Street since Johnson became prime minister in 2019.
Twitter users are now uploading pictures online poking fun at the newlywed, who have been living together in Downing Street since Johnson became prime minister in 2019
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds gaze into each other’s eyes in the first picture released from their wedding. The photograph was taken in the garden at Downing Street
One picture seemed to compare the couple to Worzel Gummidge and Aunt Sally, while another shows a car dragging dead cats behind it saying ‘Just Distracted’ on the back.
Another, showing Dominic Cummings edited into the background, reads: ‘Can’t believe they double booked the No 10 Rose Garden for the photos’.
Johnson, 56, and Symonds, 33, announced last year that they were engaged and their son, Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, was born in April 2020.
The Conservative prime minister faced a barrage of criticism over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic after former chief adviser Dominic Cummings told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday that his failings had caused thousands of unnecessary deaths.
Foreign Office minister James Cleverly, who worked with Mr Johnson when he was London Mayor, posted a photo of a barefoot Ms Symonds – now Mrs Johnson – at an apparently summer-themed reception in the No10 garden yesterday
Johnson brushed aside the allegations, saying on Thursday that ‘some of the commentary’ bore no relation to reality.
He said the government had done its best to follow the data and guidance it had to contain the pandemic.
A wedding photo issued by the prime minister’s office showed the couple smiling in the garden of 10 Downing Street after the ceremony.
Symonds wore a long white gown and a garland of white flowers in her hair while Johnson wore a dark suit, blue tie and a floral buttonhole.
The ceremony had to be low-key: weddings in England are currently limited to 30 people due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Another meme showed Boris and Carrie’s faces superimposed on the cover of film Four Weddings and a Funeral, with the title tweaked to say ‘three weddings and 150,000 funerals’ – a reference to the number of Britons who have died with coronavirus
Media reports said that the cathedral was suddenly locked down at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Symonds arrived 30 minutes later in a limo.
Earlier this month the Sun had reported that wedding invitations had been sent to friends and family for July 2022.
Johnson, once dubbed ‘Bonking Boris’ by Britain’s tabloid media, has a complicated private life.
He was once fired from the Conservative Party’s policy team while in opposition for lying about an extra-marital affair. He has been divorced twice and refuses to say how many children he has fathered.
Johnson’s last marriage was to Marina Wheeler, a lawyer. They had four children together but announced in September 2018 that they had separated.