LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie have announced the birth of a baby girl.
The couple said a healthy baby, the couple’s second child together, was born in a London hospital early Thursday.
“Both mother and daughter are doing very well,” the office said in a statement. “The couple would like to thank the brilliant NHS maternity team for all their care and support.”
The baby is a sister for Wilfred, who was born in April 2020.
The couple moved into 10 Downing St. together when Boris Johnson became prime minister in 2019, becoming the first unmarried couple to openly live together at the British prime minister’s official London residence.
Thrice-married Johnson, 57, has four children from his second marriage to the lawyer Marina Wheeler, and now two with Carrie, 33, a former Conservative Party media adviser whom he wed in May.
In September, after years of speculation about how many children he had, Johnson told NBC in an interview that he had six.
The new baby is the fourth born to a sitting British prime minister this century. The wives of leaders Tony Blair and David Cameron also had babies while their husbands were in office.
The announcement comes as Johnson faces a backlash over the imposition of new coronavirus restrictions designed to curb the spread of the new Omicron variant.
He is also under pressure from the public after claims that Downing Street staff held a Christmas party last year in defiance of restrictions on social gatherings.