Carrie Johnson steps onto global stage with G7

Her debut as Britain’s “First Lady” comes just two weeks after she and the Prime Minister, with whom she has a one-year-old son, married in a ceremony that was kept secret until after the event.

On Friday, the 33-year-old will be in the spotlight as she and her husband greet the remaining leaders of the Group of Seven Nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan – and their partners for the G7 summit in Cornwall, Carbis Bay -Hotel.

The Bidens and Johnsons met in Carbis Bay by the sea on Thursday before the women went to tea together and the two leaders left for a bilateral meeting.

As the two leaders posed for photos prior to the talks, Biden noted that meeting Johnson’s new wife was a pleasure, and quipped that both he and Johnson were “married well past our station.”

Johnson replied, “I will not disagree on this, I will not contradict the President on this, or even anything else. I think it is very likely.”

Carrie Johnson, née Symonds, won’t be the only wife to make her first G7 appearance on Friday.

For the first time there will also be Jill Biden, Mariko Suga, wife of the new Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and Maria Serenella Cappello, wife of the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, has already attended a number of G7 summits and helped host the heads of state and government for their last face-to-face meeting in Biarritz in 2019. Although she was Boris Johnson’s girlfriend at the time, Carrie did not attend.

Last year’s G7, which was to be hosted by then President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in the United States, was canceled due to the pandemic.

Light force

Carrie Johnson’s Cornwall summit debut, so soon after news of their wedding, has already sparked widespread UK media coverage.

While The Telegraph focused on the possibility of “soft power diplomacy”, The Guardian highlighted her “political nous” as a former communications director at the ruling Conservative Party headquarters. There was also the inevitable interest in her G7 wardrobe, with some reports suggesting she will fly the flag for rental fashion.

What Carrie is wearing in the traditional “family photo” taken at the start of the summit on Friday will no doubt be scrutinized, as will the entertainment she has developed for her fellow wives while the summit is in progress.

All leaders and their partners will attend a reception with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Friday evening before heading to a turbot dinner caught by Cornish fishermen and a selection of Cornish cheeses.

On Saturday evening, the Johnsons greet the leaders and their partners for a barbecue on Carbis Bay Beach. The meal is preceded by a Red Arrows flyby followed by a nautical hymn performance.

Party planned

Carrie and Boris Johnson got married in a “little ceremony” at Westminster Cathedral on May 29th and will celebrate with family and friends again next summer, according to a spokesman for Downing Street.

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The wedding came just days after the couple reportedly sent save-the-date cards to family and friends for an event on July 30, 2022.

She made her first television appearance together with Johnson later in 2020 to thank NHS staff for treating him in the hospital and giving birth to their baby.

Johnson, 56, has four children from his second marriage to Marina Wheeler. The two announced their split in September 2018 after 25 years of marriage, shortly after which Johnson’s relationship with Symonds was confirmed.

He was previously married to Allegra Mostyn-Owen for six years.

CNN’s Sarah Dean and Luke McGee contributed to this report.