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Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds name baby son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas – BBC News, BBC News

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds name baby son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas – BBC News, BBC News
        

                                 Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson Image copyright                   AFP                                                    

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds have named their baby boy Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson.

The names are a tribute to their grandfathers and two doctors who treated Mr Johnson while he was in hospital with coronavirus, Ms Symonds wrote in an Instagram post.

She posted a picture of herself with the baby, who was born on Wednesday.

And she thanked staff at University College London Hospital, adding: “I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full.”

The Birth came just weeks after Mr Johnson was discharged from intensive care at another London hospital following treatment for coronavirus.

Ms Symonds wrote on Saturday that their son shares his first name with the prime minister’s grandfather, and the first of his middle names, Lawrie, with her own.

Wilfred Johnson was Mr Johnson’s paternal grandfather.

BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are found in that he was originally born Osman Wilfred Kemal – but his Turkish surname was changed during World War One.

                                                                                                       Image copyright                   Carrie Symonds                                                        
Image caption                                      Carrie Symonds thanked NHS staff following the birth of her son in a post on Instagram                              

Ms Symonds added that their son’s other middle name, Nicholas, is a tribute to “Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month.”

The decision to pay tribute to the medics is an “an insight into just how serious things were for the prime minister” after contracting the virus, said BBC political correspondent Jonathan Blake.

Mr Johnson said after he was discharged that it “could have gone either way.”

                                                                                                       Image copyright                   Andrew Parsons / 11 Downing Street                                                        
Image caption                                      Boris Johnson arriving back in Downing Street after the birth                              

Mr Johnson was understood to be present throughout the birth on Wednesday, but later returned to Downing Street to lead the response to the pandemic.

He is expected to take a “short period” of paternity leave at some point later this year, Downing Street has said.

The newborn is only the third baby born to a serving prime minister in living memory.

Jonathan Blake added that the family will live in the flat above No Downing Street, ” so we might see more of the little one in the weeks and months ahead. “

Politicians and leaders from around the world congratulated the couple
following the birth.

The Queen also sent a private message of good wishes, Buckingham Palace said.

            
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