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Boris Johnson’s mother Charlotte Wahl dies ‘suddenly and peacefully’ in hospital aged 79

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BORIS Johnson’s mother has died on the age of 79, her household stated final evening.

Charlotte Johnson Wahl, knowledgeable painter, handed away “suddenly and peacefully” at a hospital in London on Monday night.

Boris along with his mum Charlotte in 2014(*79*)Credit: Andrew Parsons
Charlotte Wahl was a professional painter
Charlotte Wahl was knowledgeable painter(*79*)Credit: David Yeo – The Times
Charlotte at her studio in Notting Hill with a self-portrait painted by Boris when he was 14
Charlotte at her studio in Notting Hill with a self-portrait painted by Boris when he was 14(*79*)Credit: Telegraph Syndication

Tributes have poured in for Charlotte, with many additionally sending their condolences to the Prime Minister and his household.

Labour’s Keir Starmer was one of many first to remark, saying in a tweet: “I’m very sorry to study of the Prime Minister’s loss.

“My condolences to him and his family.”

Tory MP Andrew Rosindell additionally despatched his regards, tweeting: “Deeply sad to hear of the passing of the Prime Minister’s mother.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Boris Johnson at this sorrowful time.”

Fellow Conservative Angela Richardson added: “Sad news for the PM tonight as well as the rest of the Johnson family. Thoughts with them all.”

And Conservative Party co-chairman Amanda Milling tweeted: “Thinking of Boris Johnson and his household this night.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Others honoured Charlotte’s inventive work, with Labour MP Harriet Harman describing her as “an incredible artist”.

The PM described his mum because the “supreme authority” in his household and credited her with instilling in him the worth of each human life, The Telegraph experiences.

In 2019, at Mr Johnson’s first Conservative Party Conference as Prime Minister, he advised delegates his mother had taught him to imagine in “the equal importance, the equal dignity, the equal worth of every human being on the planet”.

He additionally disclosed in the identical speech that his mother had voted Leave in the EU referendum.

Last yr throughout a Covid press convention, Boris advised the nation that he hoped to see his mum on Mother’s Day – earlier than Downing Street was compelled to make clear that he can be chatting with her through Skype.

Follow for all the most recent Boris Johnson’s mother Charlotte tributes

Charlotte Johnson Wahl was born in Oxford in 1942.

She was the daughter of Sir James Fawcett, who was the president of the European Commission for Human Rights, and described her mother and father as “rich socialists”.

Charlotte met Boris’s dad, Stanley Johnson, at Oxford University the place she studied English.

Then aged 18, she was already engaged to a different scholar named Wynford Hicks whom she described as “extraordinarily beautiful to look at but actually quite boring”.

She give up when Stanley obtained a job in New York – the place Boris was born – however returned to finish her research whereas pregnant along with his sister Rachel, with Boris “in a pram outside the exam hall”.

She and Stanley had 4 youngsters: Boris, now 57, journalist Rachel, 56, environmentalist Leo, 53, and former Cabinet minister Jo, 49. They divorced in 1979.

Charlotte was identified with Parkinson’s illness aged 40 however continued her portray and remarried in 1988.

She as soon as publicly revealed how the long run PM obtained his title.

“When I was three months pregnant, we travelled to Mexico City by Greyhound bus,” she stated.

“It was very uncomfortable, I was desperately sick.

“We stayed with a person known as Boris Litwin, who drew me apart and stated: ‘You can’t journey again like this, listed below are two first-class air tickets’.

“I was so grateful, I said: ‘Whatever the baby is, I shall call it Boris.’”

Speaking about her Prime Minister son, Charlotte stated that Boris was a “very kind man, very fair”, though she does say that being PM seems like a “ghastly job”.

She additionally says that he is not as “daft” as he appears, describing his public persona as “shambolic”.

Before Boris was elected, she stated of his ambitions for the highest: “I fear about what the hell he’s going to do subsequent.

“He is in the management of the Conservative Party, however he may equally effectively retire and turn out to be a painter.

“He’s a very good painter. If he reaches the top, I’d feel very proud, but very anxious. It’s a ghastly job being Prime Minister.”

The PM's daughter Lara Lettice Johnson (L) and her grandmother Charlotte at the launch of Boris' book in 2014
The PM’s daughter Lara Lettice Johnson (L) and her grandmother Charlotte on the launch of Boris’ e-book in 2014(*79*)Credit: Getty – Contributor
Stanley and Charlotte with their four kids - Boris is located top left
Stanley and Charlotte with their 4 youngsters – Boris is positioned prime left
Boris Johnson, left, pictured with his parents and siblings Leo, Rachel and Jo
Boris Johnson, left, pictured along with his mother and father and siblings Leo, Rachel and Jo

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