How many children does Boris Johnson have? Names and ages of PM’s kids - as new daughter called Romy

Boris and Carrie Johnson have called their newborn daughter Romy

The PM has one child with Carrie Symonds.
The PM has one child with Carrie Symonds.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson have announced the name of their second child together.

The couple, who got married in May this year, gave birth to a daughter , who they have called Romy, on Thursday 9 December. Their first child, Wilfred, was born in May 2020.

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Alongside his new daughter and Wilfred, Boris Johnson has several other children. So how many kids does the PM have, and who are they?

When did the couple announce their daughter’s name?

Mrs Johnson revealed on Thursday the pair’s second child’s full name as Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson.

On a visit to a vaccination centre earlier in the day, Mr Johnson spoke to a woman with a baby in a pram and revealed his daughter’s name was Romy.

And posting on Instagram, Mrs Johnson revealed the other meanings behind the names.

She said Romy was after her aunt Rosemary, while the couple had picked Iris from the Greek for rainbow.

This could be a reference to the fact Mrs Johnson previously spoke about having had a miscarriage and a baby born after a miscarriage, stillborn, or neonatal death is known as a rainbow baby.

Charlotte was in honour of Mr Johnson’s late mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who died aged 79 in September.

In a post on Instagram, accompanied by a photograph of the two children next to a Christmas tree, Mrs Johnson said: “Wilf has been stroking Romy’s hair, giving big kisses and playing with his matchbox cars right next to her crib, just in case she feels like joining in too.”

She added: “Thank you so much to the amazing maternity staff at UCLH for looking after us so well. We are so, so grateful.”

How many children does the Prime Minister have?

It’s not entirely clear how many children Johnson has fathered, with the PM frequently dodging questions around this subject.

It’s believed that he has seven children in total, though this number is not officially confirmed.

Johnson has two children with his current wife Carrie Johnson - Wilfred and his new-born daughter. The PM also has four children with his second wife Marina Wheeler, whom he separated from in 2018.

These children are Lara Lettice, 27, Milo Arthur, 25, Cassia Peaches, 23, and Theodore Apollo, 21.

It’s also known that Johnson has a fifth child, Stephanie Macintyre, who was fathered as a result of an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre.

It’s rumoured, however, that another child was fathered as a result of the PM’s affair with Macintyre.

In a court ruling made in 2013, the Appeal Court ruled that the public had a right to know whether the PM - London Mayor at the time - had fathered a child as a result of the adulterous affair in 2009.

“The core information in this story, namely that the father had an adulterous affair with the mother, deceiving both his wife and the mother’s partner and that the claimant, born about nine months later, was likely to be the father’s child, was a public interest matter which the electorate was entitled to know when considering his fitness for high public office,” the court said.

It was during these court proceedings that the paternity of a second child was alleged.

The three appeal court judges said: “It was not material to the judge's conclusion whether contraceptive precautions were taken.

“What was material was that the father's infidelities resulted in the conception of children on two occasions.”

Has the Prime Minister commented on his children?

The PM has repeatedly dodged the question of how many children he has - a query which came up frequently during his 2019 election campaign.

During an interview with LBC, for instance, presenter Nick Ferrari asked the prime minister how many children he had and if he was “fully involved” in their lives.

The prime minister said in response: “I love my children very much but they are not standing at this election.

“I'm not therefore going to comment on them.”

He further added: ”I am not going to put them onto the pitch in their election campaign when I think what people want to hear is what my plans are for the country, what this government is determined to do and how we are going to take this country forward.

“That is the way all parties should be judged.”

When did the Prime Minister get married?

Johnson and Symonds were married on Saturday 29 May 2021, in a small ceremony at Westminster Cathedral.

A Number 10 spokesperson said:

“The couple will celebrate their wedding with family and friends next summer”.

The couple were first engaged in 2019, welcoming Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson in April 2020.