And Britons were quick to pick up on the clues in the timing of the big news, with many saying surely the timing of the announcement was to suggest Carrie, 31, took advantage of the Leap Year to get down on one knee and pop the question to the Prime Minister, 55. In a statement released by No10 on Saturday the couple said their baby is due in early summer and revealed their plans to tie the knot – but did not give details on any dates.
Twitter users were quick to respond, with speculation about the exact nature of the Downing Street engagement spreading fast.
One person said: “Okay, I’m going to be the first to ask it.
“Given the date, did Carrie ask Boris?”
Another said: “So I wonder… did Carrie ask Boris to marry him today #justsaying #leapyearproposal.”
And a third mused: “I’m guessing Carrie Symonds used her leap year prerogative to propose to Boris”.
And yet another said: “@BorisJohnson can Carrie Symons confirm she did/did not do the proposing?
“It is a leap year 29 Feb.”
One person even predicted the big news as far back as December.
A Twitter user known as Susan said: “Boris had better beware – 2020 is a leap yer and Carried may have a plan.”
She accompanied the tweet with an emoji of an engagement ring.
A spokesman for the couple said: “The Prime Minister and Miss Symonds are very pleased to announce their engagement and that they are expecting a baby in the early summer.”
More to follow….