Former Prime Minister David Cameron has jokingly apologised to long-term pal Boris Johnson for not leaving a crucial item at Downing Street following the birth of his baby son.
Mr Cameron, 53, and Mr Johnson, 55, have been friends and rivals since they were at Eton College, and then Oxford University.
Both dreamed of becoming Prime Minister – and both suceeded.
Mr Cameron served as Prime Minister from 2010 to 2016, while Mr Johnson succeeded Theresa May in July 2019.
All three Tories set up home at number 11 Downing Street, rather than number 10, as has been tradition.
Following the news Mr Johnson and fiancee Carrie Symonds had welcomed their first child together, Mr Cameron was quick to share his delight, albeit with an apology.
He tweeted: “Heartfelt congratulations @BorisJohnson and @carriesymonds on your wonderful news today.
“Sam and I are thrilled for you both! Sorry we didn’t leave the cot – but the climbing frame should still be in the garden!”
Mr Johnson is understood to have been at Ms Symonds’ side throughout the birth of their son earlier this morning.
It is the sixth child for the PM and the first for Ms Symonds, 32.
Where Ms Symonds welcomed their “healthy” baby boy has not been revealed, but it’s believed their son was not born at St Thomas’ Hospital, where the PM recently battled coronavirus in intensive care.
The pair did however opt for an NHS hospital rather than a private London one such as the Lindo Wing, in Paddington, favoured by Royals, including Kate Middleton and Prince William.
But Mr Johnson has followed in the footsteps of former PMs, such as Mr Cameron, who chose NHS hospitals for their life-changing new arrivals.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many hospitals are only allowing one birth partner for the duration of labour and delivery to limit the spread, while homebirth services have temporarily been suspended.
Ms Symonds’ due date was never publicly released, nor were her birthing plans and if she intended to have a homebirth.
Meanwhile, their baby has arrived two months to the day after the couple announced she was pregnant and they were engaged.
At the time, the pair said the child was due “in early summer”.
The announcement also comes almost nine months to the day after the couple moved to Downing Street.
A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister and his partner said both mother and baby are “doing very well”.
The spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds are thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy baby boy at a London hospital earlier this morning. Both mother and baby are doing very well.
“The PM and Ms Symonds would like to thank the fantastic NHS maternity team.”
The birth comes just weeks after the PM was discharged from intensive care where he had been battling coronavirus.
Ms Symonds also suffered symptoms of the disease.
She returned to Downing Street after joining Mr Johnson as he convalesced at Chequers.
Mr Johnson is set to delay his paternity leave as he scrambles to get a grip on the coronavirus. He previously said he would ‘almost certainly’ take the statutory two weeks’ leave.
However, Downing Street has suggested Mr Johnson will not go on leave until later in the year.
Mr Cameron, when PM, also took his statutory paternity leave to be with his wife Samantha following the birth of daughter Florence in 2010.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson will not appear at Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons this afternoon.
He has also been met with an outpouring of wellwishes.
Acting Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “Many congratulations to the PM and Carrie Symonds on the birth of their son!”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said it was “great to hear Downing Street is getting a new resident”.
And the PM’s father, Stanley Johnson, told the PA news agency he was “absolutely delighted” and “thrilled” by the birth of his grandson.
Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds made history as the first unmarried couple to officially live together in Downing Street when they moved in last year.
The new arrival is the third baby born to a serving prime minister in recent history.
Tony Blair’s wife Cherie gave birth to son Leo in May 2000, three years after her husband’s first election victory, and Mr Cameron and wife Samantha welcomed daughter Florence in 2010.
The last babies born to prime ministers before Leo and Florence arrived more than 150 years ago.
Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds met while working together in 2010, when Ms Symonds campaigned for her future partner in the 2010 London Conservative Party mayoral selection after being hired by the party as a press officer in 2009.
Rumours of a relationship between the pair began on Valentine’s Day 2018. Then, in March that year the politician attended her 30th birthday party.
In March 2019, Ms Symonds shared images of the two on holiday in Italy on her social media.