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

BORIS Johnson’s mum has died at the age of 79, the family have revealed.

Charlotte Johnson Wahl, a professional painter, passed away “suddenly and peacefully” at a hospital in London on Monday.

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Boris with his mum in 2014Credit: Andrew Parsons
Charlotte was a professional painter

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Charlotte was a professional painterCredit: David Yeo – The Times

The PM described his mum as the “supreme authority” in his family and credited her with instilling in him the value of every human life, the Telegraph reports.

Charlotte Johnson Wahl was born in Oxford in 1942.

She is the daughter of Sir James Fawcett, who was the president of the European Commission for Human Rights, Charlotte describes her parents as “rich socialists.”

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

At the time, aged 18, she was already engaged to another student named Wynford Hicks whom she describes as “extraordinarily beautiful to look at but actually quite boring.”

Stanley and Charlotte had four childrenBorisRachelJo and Leo.

She interrupted her studies to go to the US after Stanley got a job there, but returned to become the first married female undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

She describes how when she sat her final university exams, she was already pregnant with Rachel and Boris was “in the pram outside the exam hall”.

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