The Prime Minister today become a dad for the sixth time after the pair announced the birth of a “healthy baby boy”.
It comes just 16 days after Boris fought for his life in intensive care with coronavirus – and after Carrie’s own fight with the deadly bug.
Mr Johnson recovered at St Thomas Hospital on Westminster Bridge Road, just half a mile away from 10 Downing Street.
The hospital is one of the most famous – and oldest – in London, having a history dating back to the 12th Century, while it has been in its current place by Lambeth Palace since 1871.
It is one of the closest hospitals to the PM’s home, meaning he could have had his life saved and welcomed another to his family in just weeks.
The other option would be University College Hospital, which is 1.7 miles from Downing Street.
No 10 previously said the baby was due in early summer, with further reports suggesting the end of May or beginning of June, meaning the couple conceived shortly after moving into Downing Street.
A spokesman said this morning: “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 PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”
What we know so far:
- Boris was present at the birth of his sixth child, and third son
- Baby comes after Boris’ life-and-death coronavirus battle and after Carrie fought off bug
- Boris will not take part in PMQs today with Dominic Raab to take his place
- Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer and ex-PM David Cameron led congratulations
- Bookies suggest couple could call son Alexander after one of PM’s middle names
While the new arrival is Ms Symond’s first child, it is believed to be Mr Johnson’s sixth – and is his third son.
He has four children with ex wife Marina Wheeler – two sons Milo, 24, and Theodore, 20, and two daughters Lara, 26, and Cassia, 22.
Boris also has another daughter, Stephanie, born in 2009, after an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre.
Carrie, who was also self-isolating for a week with the virus, was not allowed to visit Boris in hospital, but is said to have shared scans of the baby with him at the time to lift his spirits.
It’s thought Boris will take his paternity leave later in the year, so he can still keep a firm grip on the country’s coronavirus crisis.