Boris Johnson and wife Carrie take two-day mini honeymoonon June 1, 2021 at 3:01 pm

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No 10 would not reveal where the prime minister and his wife went, but said he is now back at work.

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds in the garden of 10 Downing Street after their wedding

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Newlyweds Boris and Carrie Johnson spent two nights away to mark their nuptials, according to Downing Street.

The prime minister and his wife married in secret on Saturday in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.

A No 10 spokesman would not reveal where the couple went on their mini-honeymoon, but confirmed the PM was now “back at work”.

Questions arose after the Catholic ceremony, as Mr Johnson has been divorced twice.

But the Roman Catholic Church can allow divorcees to remarry if the previous marriages were outside the Roman Catholic Church.

Asked by reporters if Mr Johnson was a Catholic or if he considered the wedding a breakthrough for those in the faith, a No 10 spokesman said they were not questions he had asked the PM.

They did, however, confirm that the prime minister had paid for the whole wedding himself.

Mr Johnson was the first prime minister to get married while in office in nearly 200 years, with 30 guests invited to the ceremony at short notice.

Downing Street said the couple would celebrate again with family and friends next summer, with a longer honeymoon also delayed until then.

The Times reported that the new Mrs Johnson – who has confirmed she will take her husband’s surname – rented three “decoy” dresses to ensure the ceremony remained secret.

The newspaper said that, along with the white dress she wore for the ceremony – designed by Athens-based Christos Costarellos – she hired three other outfits from ecofashion business My Wardrobe HQ without saying she would be wearing one to be married, concerned that a delivery of a white dress to No 10 would arouse suspicion.

Sacha Newall, who co-founded My Wardrobe HQ in 2018, told the paper: “We didn’t know what it was for. We were just asked to supply some items.

“Then we saw what happened this weekend. It was all a bit of a surprise.”

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But amongst the excitement and desire for details, the question of the prime minister’s faith – and whether he received any special treatment by the Church – remained.

Father Mark Drew, assistant priest at St Joseph’s Church in Penketh, Warrington, said he has previously had to tell Catholic couples going through a divorce they are not able to remarry in the Church.

“It looks to them – rightly or wrongly – as if the Church is applying double standards and I do fear that this decision does make the Church look bad.”

No 10 would not comment on the debate, but an archdiocese spokesperson told the Irish Times that Mr and Mrs Johnson were “both parishioners of the Westminster Cathedral parish and baptised Catholics”.

They added: “All necessary steps were taken, in both Church and civil law, and all formalities completed before the wedding.”

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