Secretly pregnant and engaged Carrie Symonds was all smiles when she was last seen in public as rumours swirled that she was carrying the Prime Minister's child.
Ms Symonds, 31, was pictured leaving No10 through a back door on February 13, the first time she was seen in more than two months following Boris Johnson's general election victory in December.
But she was unable to avoid the cameras and was photographed smiling and wearing a long black coat and navy scarf tied in front of her, and the PM waved to journalists and smiled as he emerged with her.
She and Mr Johnson, 55, announced on Saturday that she is pregnant with their first child and they are engaged to be married while his divorce with his second wife, Marina Wheeler, is finalised.
The boy or girl – dubbed a ' Brexit baby' – is due to arrive early this summer.
An early summer birth would suggest the new arrival was conceived during the autumn, around the time that the October 31 Brexit deadline was extended.
After informing family and close friends, Ms Symonds put rumours to rest and confirmed the news on her private Instagram profile, writing: "We got engaged at the end of last year… and we've got a baby hatching early summer."
The boy or girl will be the sixth child with three different women for the Prime Minister.
He will become the first British prime minister to marry in office for 250 years and the first to have a child in office since David and Samantha Cameron welcomed their daughter Florence in 2010.
Mr Johnson had four children – all adults now – with his estranged spouse Marina Wheeler and a love child who was conceived during an affair with property developer Helen Macintyre.
Asked as recently as December’s general election campaign, Mr Johnson has repeatedly refused to reveal how many children he has fathered, but Ms Symonds’ pregnancy has cast a new spotlight on the guarded politician’s family life.
There had been speculation for weeks that Ms Symonds – the first unmarried partner of a prime minister to reside in 10 Downing Street – was pregnant.
She confirmed the news on Instagram, posting a photo showing Mr Johnson kissing her cheek while she is beaming.
She wrote: "I wouldn't normally post this kind of thing on here but I wanted my friends to find out from me…
"Many of you already know but for my friends that still don't, we got engaged at the end of last year… and we've got a baby hatching early summer.
"Feeling incredibly blessed."
A spokesperson for the couple said: "The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer."
Mum-to-be Ms Symonds, 31, has rarely been seen in public in recent months and has been keeping a low profile since Mr Johnson won last December’s general election.
She is said to have spent increasingly more time at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country house in Buckinghamshire, this winter.
The couple – who recently adopted a Jack Russell-cross puppy called Dilyn – spent New Year’s Eve on the exclusive Caribbean island of Mustique, where they stayed at a VIP villa that cost an estimated £29,500 for ten days.
But they spent much of the time out of the public eye, and it is possible that he popped the question during their five-star getaway.
The pregnancy and engagement announcement came amid speculation that Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds would get married soon after his divorce with Ms Wheeler is finalised.
Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last year.
Ms Symonds, a conservationist and former Conservative Party communications chief, first found herself making headlines when she was romantically linked to Mr Johnson earlier in 2019.
But her association with Mr Johnson dates back to when she worked on his successful re-election bid at City Hall in 2012.
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