Boris Johnson had his four-month-old son Wilfred baptised at Westminster Cathedral, a spokesman has confirmed.
The cathedral said the ceremony took place on September 12 and was performed by Fr Daniel Humphreys.
The Prime Minister’s official residence at Downing Street falls within the parish boundaries of England’s largest Catholic cathedral. The Telegraph reports that both Mr Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds were holding Wilfred as Fr Humphreys baptised him during a small ceremony in the Lady Chapel.
The Prime Minister had initially tried to keep the baptism secret, however Westminster Cathedral confirmed the details after Mr Johnson was wrongly accused of holidaying in Italy that weekend.
An official at Perugia airport claimed they had seen the Prime Minister arriving on the weekend of 12-13 September, sparking anger that he had been holidaying in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. However, the airport’s president Stefano Panato later admitted that the official had actually seen former prime minister Tony Blair and conflated him with Mr Johnson.
“A security detail from the British embassy in Rome arrived to make all the necessary arrangements. Maybe that fuelled the confusion. The press release was put out in good faith but it was a stupid error,” Mr Panato said.
“I have checked the register personally. I can say with absolute certainty that Boris Johnson has not come through the airport this month.”
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