Carrie Symonds could meet the Queen at Balmoral despite Boris Johnson’s divorce from estranged wife Marina not yet being finalised
- Traditionally the Prime Minister visits the Queen in the Highlands in August
- They are normally accompanied by their spouse in Balmoral
- Ms Symonds moved into the Prime Minister’s flat above No 11 Downing Street
- But Mr Johnson’s divorce from estranged wife Marina has not yet been finalised
Boris Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds could meet the Queen at Balmoral, The Mail on Sunday has learned.
Traditionally, the Prime Minister visits the Monarch’s estate in the Highlands every August and is accompanied by their partner. Downing Street and Buckingham Palace officials are due to discuss the trip this week.
Ms Symonds, 31, moved into the Prime Minister’s flat above No 11 Downing Street with Mr Johnson on Thursday, despite his divorce from his estranged wife Marina not yet being finalised.
And ending weeks of speculation, she stood in Downing Street with Mr Johnson’s closest aides to watch him deliver his first speech as Prime Minister.
Ms Symonds, 31, moved into the Prime Minister’s flat above No 11 Downing Street with Mr Johnson on Thursday, despite his divorce from his estranged wife Marina not yet being finalised
Friends of the couple say they would never want to put the Queen in an awkward spot with regard to protocol.
And Ms Symonds, in her role as a campaigner for the transatlantic environment group Oceana, may be in the United States over the summer.
A Downing Street source said a final decision had not been made on whether she would accompany the PM, though the possibility had not been ruled out.
A Whitehall source added: ‘This is 2019, not 1920.’ The Queen’s two-month break at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire had to be delayed so that she could oversee the transfer of power from Theresa May to Mr Johnson at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday but she is understood to have travelled to Scotland later that evening.
Her grand-daughter Princess Eugenie once described the summer at Balmoral as ‘walks, picnics, dogs – a lot of dogs, there’s always dogs – and people coming in and out all the time.’
Traditionally, the Prime Minister visits the Monarch’s estate in the Highlands every August and is accompanied by their partner
On Wednesday, Mr Johnson delighted Downing Street staff by signalling that he was keen to get a dog to join resident mouser, Larry the Cat, at No 10.
The Mail on Sunday understands a rescue dog from either Battersea Dogs & Cats Home or the Oldies Club charity will be chosen.
Ms Symonds has raised funds for the Oldies Club and has had two rescue dogs in the past.
Last night a Downing Street source said: ‘The dog is on, but only if Larry the Cat agrees.’
There has been speculation about Larry’s health amid claims he has stopped bothering to catch mice and even given up scrapping with Whitehall neighbour Palmerston, the Foreign Office canine.
It is unclear how old Larry is, but one Downing Street source scotched the growing worries about him saying: ‘He’s just lazy and it has been really hot.’