Boris and Carrie Johnson are set to wed at the vast Cotswolds estate of a major Tory donor.
The outgoing prime minister and his wife will host family and friends on Saturday at 18th-century Daylesford House to celebrate last year’s wedding anniversary.
The Grade I listed mansion and its grounds are owned by Lord Bamford, chairman of construction equipment manufacturer JCB, who has donated millions of dollars to the Conservatives.
A huge white garden with a ponytail has been erected within the landscaped grounds of the hotel in Gloucestershire.
This week, staff were seen going in and out of the venue amid apparent party preparations.
Guests will be able to relax on the hay bales and benches set up outside the tent and dine at the casks and small tables while enjoying views of the vast grasslands and orchards.
Mr and Mrs Johnson originally planned to hold their wedding reception at the Prime Minister’s official country residence, Checkers, in Buckinghamshire.
Those plans have led to suggestions that Mr Johnson wants to remain as caretaker prime minister in part to prove this, although this has been denied by Downing Street.
They are said to have sent out a date card for the celebration on July 30, before deciding to change the venue.
The couple married in a private ceremony at Westminster Cathedral last year, held in secret, in the presence of a small group of family and friends.
This was followed by a garden reception at 10 Downing Street with a limited number of guests due to coronavirus restrictions.
Reportedly, Mr and Mrs Johnson had planned to hold a larger celebration this year after restrictions were eased.
Billionaire Lord Bamford is covering at least part of the cost of the party, the Mirror reports, citing unnamed sources.
This is not the first time Mr Johnson, who has been married twice, has benefited from the backing of the JCB Chairman.
Tory’s colleague backed his 2019 leadership bid, with Mr Johnson knocking down a wall with a JCB excavator at the Staffordshire plant in a stunt to prove he could “get it done”. Brexit”.
Lord Bamford’s wife, Lady Carole Bamford, founded the upmarket Daylesford Organic Farm, with a chain of stores selling her produce across London.
Mr Johnson is believed to have received an estimated £12,500 worth of food from the Daylesford farm shop during the pandemic, although Downing Street said he paid the cost of all the food for ” personal consumption”.
When asked about the wedding, No 10 refused to comment on “privacy issues”.
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https://www.newschainonline.com/news/boris-and-carrie-johnson-to-host-wedding-party-at-tory-donors-cotswolds-estate-283568 Boris and Carrie Johnson held a wedding reception at the Tory sponsor Cotswolds estate