The last time she was photographed with Boris Johnson, she was punching the air with delight as the BBC’s exit poll predicted the Prime Minister was on course to a spectacular general election victory.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appLittle did the world know then that there was double cause for celebration for Carrie Symonds behind Downing Street's black door.
As well as being pregnant with her first child, 2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appthe 31-year-old ‘First Girlfriend’ was also on the brink of being asked to become Mr Johnson’s third wife.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appRevealing on Twitter that the couple had got engaged at the end of last year, the former Tory Party director of communications added: “And we’ve got a baby hatching early summer. Feel incredibly blessed.”
Speculation that Ms Symonds might be pregnant reached fever pitch earlier this week when she was conspicuous by her absence at Tuesday night’s black and white ball, the highlight of the Tory social calendar.
It was at the same event in 2018 where she was first pictured sharing a joke with Mr Johnson.
The pair originally met in 2012 when Ms Symonds, then a Tory press officer, was seconded to work on his re-election campaign as London mayor.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appOutside the National History Museum two years ago, dressed in a long black sparkly dress and black faux fur jacket, the glamourous Tory communications expert appeared at ease in the company of Mr Johnson, 55, who was then foreign secretary.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appEyebrows were raised a month later when social media posts revealed that Mr Johnson, and his colleagues Michael Gove and Sajid Javid, had attended her “alcohol-fuelled 30th birthday bash”.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appBut it was not until six months later, in September 2018, that the pair were romantically linked, after it was announced Mr Johnson had separated "some months ago" from Marina Wheeler, his wife of 25 years and mother of four of his children.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appIt was reported at the time that the two events were connected, with Ms Wheeler, a successful barrister who stood by her husband throughout a string of affairs finally kicking him out after discovering a stash of text messages from Ms Symonds.
Mr Johnson married Ms Wheeler in 1993, days after his divorce from his first wife of six years, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, was finalised. Soon after Ms Wheeler gave birth to their first child, Lara, who at 27 is just four years younger than Ms Symonds. The couple reached a financial settlement earlier this month after Ms Wheeler revealed last August she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer and had undergone two operations to be in remission.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appJust before News Year’s Eve 2018, Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds were reported to have hosted a champagne and canape party. It was claimed that: “At one point, guests saw Boris drape himself around Ms Symonds before leaning in for a kiss,” and the following month, photographs were published showing Ms Symonds “cheekily tweaking the ex-foreign secretary’s bottom in the street”.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe former Godolphin and Latymer School pupil was credited with smartening up Mr Johnson’s image, encouraging him to go on a diet and drink less alcohol.
But having largely avoided being photographed in public together, the relationship was thrust into the spotlight last July, the day after Mr Johnson topped the final ballot of Conservative MPs in the Tory leadership race, when police were called to the couple’s Camberwell home following an altercation.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appNeighbours told the Guardian newspaper they had heard screaming, shouting and banging with Ms Symonds reported to have told Mr Johnson: “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt. You have no care for money or anything,” after he spilled red wine on her white sofa.
Days later they were photographed holding hands and smiling in the countryside as a friend revealed: “The truth is they love each other very much and want to get married as soon as the time is right”.
A month later Ms Symonds, resplendent in a bright pink dress, was present to clap Mr Johnson into Downing Street for the first time and in August the pair attended a reception at Downing Street to honour staff from six hospices.
Having left the Conservative Party to work for Oceana conservation project, days later Ms Symonds made her first speech since moving into Number 10 at a Birdfair event, saying politicians have a "gigantic responsibility" to care for the environment.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appShe then accompanied Mr Johnson to the Conservative Party Conference last October. The pair arrived arm in arm in Manchester and Ms Symonds was later seen kissing the Prime Minister and holding his hand after he delivered his keynote speech.
But she was virtually invisible during the general election campaign, and did not accompany Mr Johnson when he cast his vote in Westminster, rather than his Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency. The Prime Minister was instead joined by the couple’s rescue dog Dilyn, a Jack Russell cross. The couple celebrated his 80-seat landslide with a £15,000 holiday on the Caribbean island of Mustique.
The couple's unusual home address could make childcare arrangements more challenging, yet the couple could still opt for a nanny or the ocassional help of a relative such a Ms Symonds' mother Josephine Mcaffee, a successful lawyer.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appEarlier this week, the pet pooch was spotted being walked in Westminster by Ms Symonds’ new adviser Sarah Vaughan-Brown, ITN’s former director of corporate communications, who was hired earlier this month to assist Ms Symonds's charitable work and public profile.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe recruitment of such a high calibre public relations expert suggests that we are about to start seeing a lot more of Carrie Symonds as she prepares to become both a mother and the next Mrs Johnson.