Carrie Symonds has today praised the midwives who delivered baby Wilfred, hours after a Hermes driver was spotted delivering two boxes of organic nappies and baby products to 10 Downing Street this morning.
She retweeted a video from UCLH, the hospital in London where she gave birth last week, thanking its midwives on International Day of the Midwife, captioning: ‘A big thank you from me too! You guys are incredible.’
It follows Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds naming their newborn son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, after their grandfathers and the hospital doctors who treated the Prime Minister for coronavirus.
Meanwhile, a courier was seen carrying two boxes to the Prime Minister’s official residence, with the eco-friendly range Kit & Kin labelled across one of the deliveries.
The Hermes delivery driver seen wearing a face mask and carrying two boxes, with the eco-friendly range Kit & Kin labelled across one of the deliveries
He delivered the boxes to the front door of 10 Downing Street earlier today. The organic range was created in 2017 and co-founded by Spice Girl Emma Bunton
Kit & Kin sells non-irritable baby skincare products, including nappies, wipes and cotton clothing.
The range was created in 2017 and co-founded by Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Christopher Money.
In a statement on the company’s website, Bunton says: ‘We want to take away the stress and worry parents often experience when trying to choose the best products for their family.
‘That’s why we’ve developed an amazing range you can trust to care and protect for your family as they grow.’
Mr Johnson has previously admitted that he will help change the baby’s nappies, during an appearance on This Morning before the baby’s arrival in March.
Presenter Philip Schofield asked: ‘How good are you at changing nappies? Will you change nappies?’ The Prime Minister appeared flustered before replying: ‘I expect so.’
Ms Symonds gave birth in London last week on Wednesday morning with the Prime Minister at her side, days after he himself had been released from medical care following a lengthy battle with coronavirus.
In a heart-warming Instagram post revealing the boy’s name on Saturday, Ms Symonds revealed that the middle name Nicholas was a tribute to two NHS doctors, Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart, who ‘saved Boris’ life last month’ following his battle with coronavirus.
Carrie Symonds revealed the name of her and Boris Johnson’s son as Wilfred, as the beaming parent shared her first photograph of the baby boy on Instagram last weekend
The website for Kit & Kin, which sells non-irritable baby skincare products, including reusable cloth-nappies made with ‘reclaimed fishing nets’, wipes and cotton clothing
The first name is a tribute to Mr Johnson’s paternal grandfather, Osman Wilfred Kemal, and Lawrie a reference to Ms Symonds’ grandfather.
Accompanying the caption was a photograph in which the first-time mother was seen tightly cradling her son, who sported an extraordinary full head of hair not dissimilar to that of his father.
The 32-year-old fiancee of Mr Johnson, who said ‘my heart is full’ in the caption, also revealed for the first time that Wilfred had been born at the maternity wing of the NHS’s University College Hospital in central London.
Osman Wilfred Kemal: Boris’s half-Turkish grandfather who gave his family the name Johnson
The baby’s first name is a tribute to Mr Johnson’s paternal grandfather, Osman Wilfred Kemal.
Mr Kemal was the father of Stanley Johnson, whose former wife Charlotte gave birth to Boris in 1964.
It is through Wilfred Kemal, who changed the family name to Johnson, that Boris gets his Turkish heritage.
Johnson had been his maternal grandmother’s maiden name.
Mr Kemal’s own father, Ali Kemal, was an interior minister of the Ottoman Empire.
He was lynched and stoned to death by a mob during the 1922 Turkish War of Independence.
Both his son and daughter moved to southern England, where Osman would drop his first name in favour of his second name, Wilfred.
Wilfred Johnson later married Irene Williams, who according to an episode of BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? was the constant subject of jokes from the family due to her grandiose claims of an aristocratic French background.
On the show, it was revealed through Wilfred’s birth certificate that his mother had died during childbirth.
The caption read: ‘Introducing Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas born on 29.04.20 at 9am. Wilfred after Boris’ grandfather Lawrie after my grandfather Nicholas after Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart – the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month.
‘Thank you so, so much to the incredible NHS maternity team at UCLH that looked after us so well. I couldn’t be happier. My heart is full.’
It was also revealed that Boris Johnson received a congratulatory phone call from the Duke of Cambridge on Friday afternoon, with a record of their conversation recorded as an official event in the Court Circular.
Among the first to send their well-wishes following the announcement were Dr Nick Price and Prof Nick Hart, who said they were ‘honoured and humbled’ to serve as the inspiration for the newborn’s middle name Nicholas.
They said in a statement: ‘Our warm congratulations go to the Prime Minister and Carrie Symonds on the happy arrival of their beautiful son Wilfred.
‘We are honoured and humbled to have been recognised in this way, and we give our thanks to the incredible team of professionals who we work with at Guy’s at St Thomas’ and who ensure every patient receives the best care.
‘We wish the new family every health and happiness.’
There was also a message of congratulations from the University College Hospital, where Wilfred was born.
UCLH chief executive Professor Marcel Levi said: ‘Congratulations to Carrie Symonds and Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the birth of their son. We wish them every happiness at this special time.
‘I would like to thank the teams who cared for Carrie and her baby.
‘They are an incredibly skilled, dedicated and compassionate group of professionals who put patients at the heart of everything they do.
The couple revealed the boy’s full name as Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, with the first name a tribute to Mr Johnson’s paternal grandfather, Osman Wilfred Kemal (pictured)
Boris Johnson’s grandfather, Wilfred, is pictured standing with his wife Irene, his eldest son Peter (left), daughters Hilary (right) and Gillian (kneeling) and his son Stanley (Boris’ father)
‘I am very proud of them and all our staff at UCLH who are working extremely hard in very difficult circumstances at the moment.’
Downing Street said the Prime Minister, who is back leading the country in its fight against the Covid-19 crisis, would plough on with his duties and take a ‘short period’ of paternity leave later in the year.
The new family are planning to live in their Downing Street flat along with their dog Dilyn, the Number 10 spokesman confirmed last week.
The birth came after an extraordinary month for the couple, who were self-isolating separately, first because of Carrie’s pregnancy and then when Boris fell ill.
Mr Johnson then spent a week in hospital, including three days in intensive care, and Ms Symonds was also briefly bedridden with symptoms of Covid-19, but made a full recovery.
Carrie’s tribute to NHS heroes who ‘saved Boris’s life’
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds have named their son Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas Johnson, in a tribute to their grandfathers and the doctors who helped save the Prime Minister’s life.
The third name is a reference to Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart, who Ms Symonds referred to as ‘the two doctors that saved Boris’ life last month’.
Nicholas Price graduated from University of Birmingham’s medical school in 1991.
He has specialist training in infectious diseases, general medicine tuberculosis, tropical medicine and infection prevention and control.
He was previously awarded a MRC Clinical Training Fellowship for research into tuberculosis at The Hammersmith Hospital.
Dr Price became a consultant at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in 2005.
In 2009, he was promoted to the Trust’s Director of Infection and joint Director of Infection Prevention and Control.
Nicholas Hart graduated from University of London’s medical school in 1993.
His area of expertise include weaning, rehabilitation and home mechanical ventilation in patients with chronic respiratory failure.
He has been awarded nine Local Clinical Excellence Award points.
Dr Hart became the director of the Lane Fox Respiratory Service, the largest rehabilitation and home ventilation service in the UK, in 2012.
He is also a Professor at King’s College London and Director of Research and Development Delivery at Guy’s and St Thomas’.