Carrie takes centre stage
“First the gold wallpaper. Now the gold wedding band,” says Hilary Rose in The Times. Carrie Symonds, 33, has become Carrie Johnson after the surprise wedding in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday. She walked down the aisle in a bohemian-looking wedding dress rented for £45 and wore a Maid Marian-style flower crown rather than a veil. A hippie-themed party in the Downing Street garden followed, featuring hay bales, bunting and a singalong to Don McLean’s American Pie. The wedding – a conveniently cheap affair for the cash-strapped PM, given the 30-person Covid limit – was reportedly six months in the planning. Decoy dresses were ordered and a 2022 RSVP was sent out to throw people off the scent. It’s the first time a prime minister has got married in office for 199 years.