Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie have announced the birth of a “healthy baby girl.”
In a statement, a spokeswoman for the couple said: “The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson are delighted to announce the birth of a healthy baby girl at a London hospital earlier today.
“Both mother and daughter are doing very well. The couple would like to thank the brilliant NHS maternity team for all their care and support.”
According to reports, the couple walked into the hospital at about 7.40am this morning – around two hours after police officers secured the site ahead of their arrival.
A masked Mrs Johnson, 33, was accompanied into a side entrance by a bodyguard carrying an overnight bag.
Her husband joined her flanked by two police officers, reports suggest.
The couple confirmed they were expecting their second child together in July – months after they secretly wed in May at a private ceremony at Westminster Cathedral. Mr Johnson became the first prime minister to marry in office since Lord Liverpool married Mary Chester in 1822.
Their first child, a boy named Wilfred, was born in April last year.
At the time, Mrs Johnson, 33, told her friends she felt “incredibly blessed” to be pregnant again and opened up about her heartache after suffering a miscarriage at the start of the year.
She wrote on Instagram: “At the beginning of the year, I had a miscarriage which left me heartbroken. I feel incredibly blessed to be pregnant again but I’ve also felt like a bag of nerves.
“Fertility issues can be really hard for many people, particularly when on platforms like Instagram it can look like everything is only ever going well.
“I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too.”
Their first son Wilfred was named after Mr Johnson’s grandfather, Lawrie after Mrs Johnson’s grandfather, Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Mr Johnson’s life during his Covid battle.
At the time, she wrote in her Instagram post announcing Wilfred’s birth: “Introducing Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson born on 29.04.20 at 9am.
“Wilfred after Boris’s grandfather, Lawrie after my grandfather, Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Boris’s 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 baby girl is the Prime Minister’s seventh child.