How many children Boris Johnson has - after Carrie announces birth of third child

Boris and Carrie Johnson have announced the birth of their third child - and his eighth. Here's what we know about them

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 03:  Current Mayor of London Boris Johnson (R), his wife Marina Johnson (L) and his daughter Lara Johnson (C), leave a North London polling station after casting their votes in the election for the next Mayor of London on May 3, 2012 in London, England. Recent opinion polls place the incumbent Mayor of London Mr Johnson ahead of his nearest challenger, the former Mayor Ken Livingstone, in his bid to secure a second term in office.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson and his eldest daughter Lara at a polling station in 2012. (Getty Images)

Carrie Johnson has announced the birth of her third child with the former prime minister, Boris Johnson.

In an Instagram post with a picture of her holding the newborn, Mrs Johnson wrote: “Welcome to the world Frank Alfred Odysseus Johnson born 5th July at 9.15am. (Can you guess which name my husband chose?!)”.

She added: “Am loving every minute of the sleepy baby bubble. Seeing my older two embrace their new brother with such joy and excitement has been the most wonderful thing to see. We are all very smitten.

It was headline news when, in September 2021, Boris Johnson said for the first time how many children he had.

The then-prime minister, who is known to have had a turbulent private life, had become notorious for repeatedly refusing to answer this simple question. But in an interview with US broadcaster NBC, he finally gave a number.

After the birth of baby number eight, here is what we know about Johnson’s seven other children - starting with the youngest.

With Carrie Johnson

  • Romy Iris Charlotte

A picture posted to Carrie Johnson's newborn baby Romy with her big brother, Wilf. (Carrie Johnson/Instagram)
A picture posted to Carrie Johnson's newborn baby Romy with her big brother, Wilf. (Carrie Johnson/Instagram)

Carrie Johnson gave birth to their second child, Romy, in December 2021.

She said Romy was picked after her aunt Rosemary, Iris for the Greek word for rainbow, and Charlotte after Boris Johnson’s late mother who had died three months prior.

  • Wilfred Lawrie Nicholas

CARBIS BAY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 10: Carrie Johnson, wife of the Prime Minister and First Lady of the United States Dr Jill Biden reacts as Wilfred Johnson sits on the beach during the G7 leaders Summit in Carbis Bay Cornwall on June 10, 2021. (Photo by Simon Dawson/Downing Street/Pool/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Carrie Johnson and US first lady Jill Biden with Wilfred Johnson on the beach in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, in June 2021. (Getty Images)

Carrie Symonds, as she was then known, gave birth to her first child with Johnson in April 2020.

The birth of Wilfred came during the first coronavirus lockdown, and just weeks after Boris Johnson nearly died from the disease having been in intensive care.

One of Wilfred’s middle names, Nicholas, was a tribute to the two doctors - Dr Nick Price and Dr Nick Hart - who helped save his father’s life.

With Helen Macintyre

  • Stephanie Macintyre

Johnson, while married to his second wife Marina Wheeler, is known to have fathered a child in 2009 as a result of an affair with art consultant Helen Macintyre.

At first he denied paternity and even sought an injunction in 2013 to prevent her existence being discovered during a court battle.

The Appeal Court ruled in 2013 that the public had a right to know Johnson had fathered a daughter during the adulterous liaison while mayor of London.

Confusion also sprang from the proceedings when it was alleged that Johnson may have fathered two children as a result of the affair. This has never been confirmed.

The judgement read: “What was material was that the father’s infidelities resulted in the conception of children on two occasions.”

With Marina Wheeler

  • Theodore Apollo

Theodore is Johnson's fourth and youngest child with Marina Wheeler.

In 2020, it was reported the then-20-year-old had written a play about Brexit, with the Evening Standard's Diary column also offering a glimpse into his personality: "Theo is said to be popular, like his father, though less gregarious."

Last year, he was reported by the Mail on Sunday to have been working at Morito, a Spanish restaurant in east London. A visit from his father turned sour when the then-PM was heckled by fellow diners.

  • Cassia Peaches

Cassia, Johnson and Wheeler's third child, was reported by The Times to have attended Highgate School in north London - where fees now exceed £8,000 a term - and Trinity College Dublin. She was said in 2021 to be an "aspiring writer".

In December 2021, the Daily Mail reported Cassia had paid the price for her father's government's COVID advice to reduce social contact, when Sessions Arts Club, the exclusive central London restaurant where she was working as a waitress, shut for the remainder of the year and she lost her shifts.

  • Milo Arthur

Boris Johnson's son Milo outside the Foreign Secretary's official residence at Carlton Gardens, central London, where the former incumbent is moving out following his resignation from the post on July 9. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
Milo pictured in 2018 after his father resigned as foreign secretary. (PA Images via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson waves as he and his son Milo arrive at his home in Thame, Oxfordshire. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
Boris Johnson waves as he and Milo arrive at his home in Thame, Oxfordshire. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Little is known about Milo, though The Times reported he studied at Westminster School and the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

In July 2018, he was pictured helping his mother, Marina, throw out rubbish from the foreign secretary's official residence in Carlton Gardens, central London, after his father moved out following his resignation from the post in protest against Theresa May's Brexit deal. Wheeler and Johnson announced their divorce two months later.

  • Lara Lettice

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  (L to R) Lara Lettice Johnson, Mayor of London Boris Johnson (R) and mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl attend the launch of Boris Johnson's new book
Boris Johnson in 2014 with his daughter Lara Lettice and mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl. (Getty Images)

A journalist with regular bylines in the likes of Vogue and Tatler, Johnson's first child, Lara, is the most high-profile of his children.

In January, she got engaged to Patrick Müller via an announcement published in The Times.

In a blog for I'm Not a Party Girl, she also shared one childhood experience of what it was like to be Johnson's eldest daughter: "My sixth birthday party was Henry VIII themed. My parents got the neighbours' nanny to dress up as an executioner. To be honest, I was kind of used to it even though I had asked for a princess party, but most of the children were horrified, particularly when Anne Boleyn lost her head (a balloon and ketchup were involved). That was pretty mind blowing."