British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a new addition to his family. His wife Carrie gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, who became the second child of a newly married couple. But for Johnson, this is already the seventh child (at least!). We decided to see who else from the world leaders can be called parents of large families.
The daughter of Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie was born on December 9 in a London hospital. A spokeswoman for the couple said that both mom and daughter are doing well.
The couple, who got married in May of this year, already have a son, Wilfred, who was born in April 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The baby was born 20 days after his father was admitted to intensive care with coronavirus. While the Prime Minister was in the hospital, his fiancée had to retire for some time at the end of March to self-isolate.
By the way, the prime minister’s son received one of his names in honor of two doctors who treated Boris Johnson for COVID-19 (Dr. Nicholas Price and Dr. Nicholas Hart).
When the baby was four months old, he was given a “secret” baptism. Little Wilfred Lowry Nicholas Johnson was baptized in the presence of a few family members and close friends of his parents. In many ways, this “secrecy” was dictated not only by the desire to avoid annoying press attention, but also by security considerations due to the rampant COVID-19.
Wilfred was born at a time when Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds were not yet officially married. Boris Johnson met his current wife Carrie Symonds, who is 23 years younger than him, back in 2012, and the couple began dating in 2018, when Boris Johnson and his then-wife Marina Wheeler announced that they had not lived together for a long time and were in the process. divorce.
Having settled together at 10 Downing Street since July 2019, Boris and Carrie became the first unmarried couple in British history in centuries to live in the residence of the prime ministers.
The couple got engaged on the Caribbean island of Mustique at the end of 2019. And in May of this year, Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who by that time had a one-year-old son, secretly married in Westminster Cathedral in a modest ceremony. Father Daniel Humphries, who baptized the couple’s son last year, hosted the ceremony at the cathedral, according to the tabloids. Little Wilfred himself is said to have attended his parents’ wedding along with two official witnesses.
The wife of British Prime Minister Carrie Johnson announced her next pregnancy on Instagram in July, and also said that a few months earlier she had a miscarriage.
For Boris Johnson, the girl who appeared on Thursday became at least the seventh child, the BBC notes. British politicians have repeatedly refused to say exactly how many children he has, but in an interview with the American NBC channel in September this year, he said that he had six.
The Prime Minister has four adult children (26-year-old Lara Lettis, 24-year-old Milo Arthur, 22-year-old Cassia Peaches and 20-year-old Theodore Apollo) the Prime Minister has from his second wife, lawyer Marina Wheeler, whom Johnson officially divorced in 2020. after 25 years of marriage. But in his first marriage with Allegra Mostin-Owen, which lasted six years from 1987 to 1993, the politician had no children.
But Johnson also has an illegitimate daughter, Stephanie, from art consultant Helen McIntyre. True, in the British media you can find hints that Boris Johnson may have another child born out of wedlock – if so, then it turns out that the politician has eight offspring.
The current US President Joe Biden is the father of four children. However, two of them are no longer in the world. Naomi’s one-year-old daughter Christina died with her mother, Neilia, in a car accident in December 1971. Biden’s two sons, who were also in the crashed car, survived, although they were seriously injured. The politician even had to take the oath of office in the Senate while in the hospital where his children were hospitalized.
Biden’s eldest son Bo, who eventually became the Attorney General of Delaware, died at the age of 46 from a brain tumor.
Another son, Hunter, brought a lot of problems to his father – he was fired from the naval reserve for using cocaine, and after hacking into Biden Jr.’s laptop, it became obvious that in addition to his passion for illegal substances, he also turned out to be a lover of sexual orgies. And that’s not to mention the fact that Hunter was involved in the so-called “Ukrainian scandal.”
And from the current wife, the President of the United States has a daughter, 40-year-old Ashley, who has gained fame as a social worker, activist, philanthropist and fashion designer. In her youth, she, too, clearly gave a lot of trouble to her parents – two decades ago she was arrested in Chicago on charges of obstructing the actions of a police officer. And in 1999, she was arrested in New Orleans for possession of marijuana, but the charges were dropped, and the daughter of the future president was released.
Biden’s predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, has more children. From Ivana Trump, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric were born to him. The second wife of the billionaire gave him a daughter, Tiffany. And Melania gave birth to the youngest of the Trump children – Barron.
The tenth president of the United States, John Tyler, who lived in the 19th century, is considered the most “prolific” of American leaders. His first wife was Laetitia Christian, with whom he had eight children. After the death of his wife from a stroke, Tyler married again – to Julia Gardiner. She became the mother of seven children. But that’s not all – according to rumors, the American politician became the father of several more children from black slaves from his plantations. Moreover, opponents accused Tyler of selling children born to African-American women. Among those believed to be President Tyler’s illegitimate son, the best known is missionary and Baptist preacher John Dungey, born of a slave.
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Where to look for truly large rulers is in Africa. King Eswatini (formerly known as Swaziland) Mswati III is said to have 15 wives and 36 children. According to tradition, he can only marry his brides after they become pregnant, which proves that they can have heirs. Until then, they are called “concubines.”
The oldest royal daughter, 34-year-old Sichaniso Dlamini, has been the country’s minister of information technology and communications since 2018. The princess was educated abroad – she studied in Britain, the USA and Australia. While studying abroad, she gained a reputation as a rebel – for example, for wearing jeans and miniskirts, which were forbidden to be worn by her compatriots. And when in 2005 the princess threw a party for her girlfriends with alcohol and loud music at her mother’s residence, the servants of the palace demanded to turn off the music, but the girls refused, for which they were beaten with sticks. The princess also got it – she published a photo with bruises.
King Mswati III and his 36 children can hardly compete in “fertility” with his father, King Sobhuza II, who, according to the Swaziland National Commission, had 70 wives who bore him 210 children between 1920 and 1970. At the time of his death in 1982, the monarch had over a thousand grandchildren.
In South Africa, neighboring the Kingdom of Eswatini, presidents also boast a considerable number of children. It is known that the current head of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, as far as we know, has five of them. But the previous President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, according to various estimates, has 18 to 21 offspring. This is not surprising, given that this politician became the first president of the country to officially declare his adherence to polygamy, traditional for the Zulu, the media counted six wives. But in addition to the children born to them, he has offspring from other women.
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