Charlotte Johnson Wahl, mother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, died in London at the age of 79. The British press reports. A professional painter, she had been defined by her son as the “supreme authority” of her family.
On the occasion of Johnson’s first speech as prime minister, speaking to Conservative party delegates in late 2019, Johnson cited his mother as the one who had taught him to believe in equality among all human beings, making it clear that in the 2016 referendum the woman had voted in favor of Brexit.
Daughter of the lawyer Sir James Fawcett, president of the European Commission for Human Rights in the 1970s, Charlotte Johnson Wahl was studying at the University of Oxford, but interrupted her studies to go to America with Stanley Johnson, married in 1963; she later returned to complete them and be the first married student to graduate from Lady Margaret Hall College. Boris, born in 1964, was the first of 4 children, from whom Charlotte, who in the meantime had divorced her husband, had 13 grandchildren.