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Carrie Symonds breaks silence on birth of baby boy with emotional statement

Carrie Symonds has broken her silence after the birth of her baby boy with fiancé and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Ms Symonds, who gave birth earlier this week – despite original predictions the child was due in early summer – revealed the name of her son, and the inspiration behind it.

She said the couple have decided to use both of their grandfather’s names, and have paid tribute to the doctors who saved the life of the Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson was hospitalised with coronavirus and spent a short period of time in intensive care in April.

A post on Ms Symonds Instagram page read: “Introducing Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson born on 29.04.20 at 9am.

“Wilfred after Boris’ grandfather. Lawrie after my grandfather.

“Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month.

“Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well.

“I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full.”

The engaged couple welcomed their first child together on Wednesday morning when the newborn apparently arrived weeks earlier than expected.

Ms Symonds, 32, had previously said that the baby was due in the early summer, leading to the belief that the due date was in June.

A spokeswoman for the couple said the “healthy” baby boy was born at an NHS hospital in London. Both mother and baby were said to be “doing very well”.

Facing the worst health crisis for a century, the twice-divorced Prime Minister, who has fathered six children with three women, will take a “short period” of paternity leave later in the year.

New fathers are entitled to up to two weeks of statutory paternity leave.

It must end within 56 days, or eight weeks, of the birth, a period that would take Mr Johnson to the last week of June.

As for baby names, Wilfred, Alexander, Winston, Thomas and George were among the bookies’ favourites.

Mr Johnson was present for his third son’s birth, but returned to work in Downing Street shortly afterwards to lead the Government’s efforts against coronavirus.

The new family are planning to live in their Downing Street flat along with their dog Dilyn, a No10 spokesman confirmed.

The Queen was among the many to send messages of good wishes to the couple.

Mr Johnson has relied on the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis through his own battle with the new strain of coronavirus and the birth of his child.

He returned to full-time work on Monday, two weeks after he was released from St Thomas’ Hospital, where he was moved to intensive care while gravely ill with the virus.

Ms Symonds, an environmental campaigner and public relations expert, also had symptoms of Covid-19.

The couple has been living together in Downing Street since Mr Johnson became Prime Minister in July last year.

In February, they announced that they were expecting their first child and they were engaged to be married.

Mr Johnson has at least six children, possibly seven.

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