Boris and Carrie Johnson’s daughter Romy is pictured snoozing in £124.95 natural, knitted Moses basket from ethical British brand The Little Green Sheep that belonged to her older brother Wilf
Carrie Johnson has proved her environmentally-friendly credentials once again after opting to use an ethical British brand for her daughter’s Moses basket.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie today revealed the name and first picture of their newborn baby girl, which showcased Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson in an adorable carrycot.
The couple are using a Natural Knitted Moses Basket from the Little Green Sheep, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, which currently costs £124.95 but is usually priced at £144.90.
According to the company, the product was originally picked for Romy’s big brother Wilf, Boris and Carrie’s first youngster together. Their little girl is at least the Prime Minister’s seventh child.
Romy, one week old today, was pictured in the natural palm leaf basket, which is finished with a 100 per cent organic cable knit liner, alongside Wilf, who was seen peering over the side while next to the Downing Street Christmas tree.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie today revealed the name and first picture (above) of their newborn baby girl, which showcased Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson in an adorable carrycot
The couple are using a Natural Knitted Moses Basket (pictured) from the Little Green Sheep, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, which costs £124.95 at the moment but is usually priced at £144.90
The Moses basket ‘promises little ones from birth to four months, the most natural sleeping environment’, said the brand.
It also suggested that the natural palm leaf basket is light, making it easy to pick up and move around the house, while also being ‘tough and durable’.
The baskets come complete with a chemical-free mattress and an organic, ‘breathable’ cable knit liner.
Speaking after the item was picked for Wilf, Mark Nicholls, Marketing Director at The Little Green Sheep, said: ‘Naturally Mr Johnson has a busy and demanding role, now more than ever, but it is lovely to see the parents-to-be have taken the time to handpick the right sleeping environment for their little one.’
By choosing Romy as a nod to Carrie’s aunt Rosemary, the couple followed in the footsteps of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by using a relative’s nickname rather than the person’s actual moniker – like the Sussexes did with Lilibet rather than Elizabeth.
Carrie said in an Instagram post (pictured) today: ‘Welcome to the world darling Romy. Born on December 9 at 9.02am
Meanwhile, Iris is from Greek word for rainbow – a nod to the fact the new born is a ‘rainbow baby’ – a child born after miscarriage or stillbirth.
Her second middle name is a tribute to the Prime Minister’s mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who passed away earlier this year.
Rosemary is believed to be the sister of Carrie’s mother, Josephine McAfee – a former lawyer who formed a bubble with Carrie and Boris to help look after Wilf when he was a new born.
The image shows the baby’s full face, whereas Carrie, 33, and Boris, 57, obscured most of Wilf’s with a blanket in his first photo, and only share pictures of the toddler from behind.
Mrs Johnson illustrated her post with a picture of a Christmas tree decoration in the shape of a blue pram when announcing the pregnancy in August
Carrie and Mr Johnson (pictured on their wedding day), 57, had their first child, Wilfred, in April last year
Carrie said in an Instagram post today: ‘Welcome to the world darling Romy. Born on December 9 at 9.02am.
‘Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson. Romy after my aunt, Rosemary. Iris from the Greek, meaning rainbow. Charlotte after Boris’ late mum who we miss so much.’
The meanings behind Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson’s names
According to an Instagram post by Carrie Johnson, Romy is after her aunt Rosemary.
The name itself is a girl’s name of German origin.
German-French actress actress Romy Schneider, who was prominent in the 1950s, is perhaps the most famous person to have been called Romy.
US news presenter Matt Lauer also has a daugther called Romy, while director Sofia Coppola also has a daugher named Romy Mars.
According to Carrie, Iris is from the Greek word Rainbow.
Famous namesakes include Welsh singer Iris Williams and novelist Iris Wedgwood.
Charlotte is a nod to Boris Johnson’s mother Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who died in September.
She was a professional portrait painter who painted the likes of Joanna Lumley and Jilly Cooper.
She added: ‘Wilf has been stroking Romy’s hair, giving big kisses and playing with his matchbox cars right next to her crib, just in case she feels like joining too.’
Carrie also paid tribute to NHS staff who helped deliver Romy, describing the maternity unit at University College Hospital as ‘amazing’, adding: ‘We are so, so grateful’.
It comes as the Prime Minister revealed the name Romy to NHS staff during a vaccination centre tour earlier today.
Speaking in Kent, the Prime Minister was asked if he and Carrie had chosen a name for their little girl. He replied: ‘She’s going to be called Romy’.
Mr and Mrs Johnson announced the birth of a ‘healthy baby girl’ at a London hospital on 9th December.
The Prime Minister said to have been present during the birth.
The pair and their new born baby daughter returned to Downing Street earlier this week following the birth.
A spokeswoman for the couple said: ‘Both mother and daughter are doing very well.
‘The couple would like to thank the brilliant NHS maternity team for all their care and support.’
The couple announced they were expecting their second child together at the end of July, as the environmental campaigner spoke of having a miscarriage earlier in the year.
In August, Carrie was praised for revealing a miscarriage in her announcement that she is expecting another baby.
The Prime Minister’s wife said she decided to be open about the tragedy she suffered because she ‘found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss’.
Announcing the news in a post on Instagram, she added: ‘I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too.’
The former Tory PR chief said she and husband Boris were ‘hoping for our rainbow baby this Christmas’.
A rainbow baby is the term given to a child born to a family that previously lost another to miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Who is Charlotte Johnson Wahl? Boris Johnson’s late mother and the name sake of Prime Minster’s new daughter was a famed painter who passed away in September
Boris Johnson has named his new child after his later mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl.
Romy Iris Charlotte Johnson, who is one week old today, is the Prime Minister’s second with wife Carrie and at least his seventh child in total.
Her middle name is a tribute to his mother, painter Charlotte Johnson Wahl, who passed away aged 79 in September.
Charlotte died ‘suddenly and peacefully’ at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London last month. Her death was recorded in a notice placed by the family in the Times.
Despite raising two sons who became Conservative politicians, along with journalist Rachel and entrepreneur Leo, Mrs Johnson Wahl said she herself had grown up around ‘rich socialists’. And in a candid 2015 interview with the Radio Times, she admitted that she had ‘never voted Tory’. She is pictured with Boris and Rachel
Boris Johnson is said to have called his mother, a professional artist who painted stars such as Joanna Lumley, the ‘supreme authority’ in his family. The Prime Minister also previously credited her with instilling in him ‘the equal value of every human life’.
But, despite raising two sons who became Conservative politicians, along with journalist Rachel and entrepreneur Leo, Mrs Johnson Wahl said she herself had grown up around ‘rich socialists’. And in a candid 2015 interview with the Radio Times, she admitted that she had ‘never voted Tory’.
Mrs Johnson Wahl had an unhappy marriage to Boris’ father Stanley, who was accused of breaking her nose in the 1970s.
Born Charlotte Fawcett in Oxford in 1942, Mrs Johnson-Wahl was the daughter of the barrister Sir James Fawcett – who was president of the European Commission for Human Rights in the 1970s.
One of five children, she studied English at Oxford University. But she interrupted her education to travel to America with Stanley Johnson, whom she met at Oxford and married in 1963.
Charlotte Johnson Wahl who died last month aged 79. Lara Johnson-Wheeler is pictured with Charlotte Johnson Wahl and Boris Johnson in 2014 in London
Speaking about meeting Stanley, she told Tatler magazine in 2015: ‘I was engaged to somebody called Wynford Hicks, who was extraordinarily beautiful to look at but actually quite boring.
‘Anyway, [after the dinner] Stanley sent me a note asking if he could come to tea and go for a walk.
‘So a few days later we went for a walk and he suddenly said, ‘Love is sweet. Revenge is sweeter far. To the Piazza. Ah ha ha har!”, which made me laugh so much I fell in love with him.’
She returned to complete her degree as the first married female undergraduate at her college, Lady Margaret Hall.