Painter Charlotte Johnson Wahl, the mother of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has passed away at 79.
The family announced that she died “suddenly and peacefully” at a London hospital on Monday.
The Prime Minister once described his mother as the “supreme authority” in his large, close-knit family.
The deceased was born in May 1942 in Oxford, England. She was a professional portrait and landscape painter.
The daughter of the barrister Sir James Fawcett studied English at Oxford University, but interrupted her education to travel to America with Stanley Johnson, whom she married in 1963, and returned to complete her degree as the first married female undergraduate at her college, Lady Margaret Hall.
Wahl and her first husband divorced in 1979. She later married American academic Nicholas Wahl, who died in 1996.
She was diagnosed with Parkinson ’s disease at the age of 40 and later became president of the European Commission for Human Rights.
She is survived by four children, the British prime minister, journalist Rachel Johnson, former politician Jo Johnson and environmentalist Leo Johnson and 13 grandchildren.
Condolences from parliamentary colleagues began to pour in on social media on Monday night. “I’m very sorry to learn of the prime minister’s loss. My condolences to him and his family,” the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, Tweeted.