State & Ceremonial

Questions over whether the Prime Minister’s girlfriend will meet The Queen at Balmoral


Questions have been raised over whether Carrie Symonds, the parter of Boris Johnson, will be invited to Balmoral over the summer to meet The Queen alongside the new Prime Minister.

As is tradition, the monarch extends an invitation to the Prime Minister and their spouse each year to spend a few days each summer at Balmoral.

Carrie Symonds outside Downing Street on Wednesday

However, this year’s Prime Ministerial outing to Scotland has raised questions over royal protocol as discussions take place over whether Boris Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds should be invited.

Miss Symonds lives with the Prime Minister in his flat above No 11 Downing Street, despite Mr Johnson still being married to another woman.

Mr Johnson is in the process of divorcing his estranged wife Marina Wheeler, however, the decree nisi has not yet been finalised.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Downing Street and Buckingham Palace officials are due to discuss the trip this week.

Friends of Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds say that the couple do not wish to put Her Majesty in a difficult position.

Boris Johnson was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Wednesday following the resignation of Theresa May.

Mr Johnson was received in audience by The Queen at Buckingham Palace who appointed him to the role after being assured that the 55-year-old Conservative MP can command a majority in the House of Commons.

After leaving the palace, Mr Johnson returned to his new home in Downing Street where he broke royal protocol, despite being PM for less than an hour.

According to Euronews, Mr Johnson revealed what The Queen said to him in the private audience.

According to witnesses, Her Majesty said to Mr Johnson: “I don’t know why anyone would want the job.”

The Prime Minister made the remarks when he first entered Downing Street and was given a tour of the building.

Aides quickly respondent and told Mr Johnson not to repeat comments made by The Queen.