Boris Johnson returns to Downing Street after taking his daily exercise

Boris Johnson performed his daily exercise in the grounds of Buckingham Palace this morning for the first time. 

In an extraordinary episode for a serving British premier, the Prime Minister was whisked into the Queen’s residence in training gear where he worked up a sweat.

Her Majesty threw open her gardens because security concerns have ruled out the PM working out in public parks. 

A royal source said that the Queen offers use of the Palace to prime ministers ‘from time to time’.

Mr Johnson, 55, used to exercise in nearby St James’s Park, where he was memorably collared by a passer-by.

But recently he been seen jogging with his dog Dilyn, which he shares with fiancée Carrie Symonds, in the grounds of Lambeth Palace.

The Thames-side residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury has been opened to Mr Johnson, yet this is believed to be the first time he has been seen at the Palace. 

Boris Johnson appeared in chipper spirits as he returns to Number 10 after an early morning run in the grounds of Buckingham Palace

Boris Johnson appeared in chipper spirits as he returns to Number 10 after an early morning run in the grounds of Buckingham Palace

Boris Johnson appeared in chipper spirits as he returns to Number 10 after an early morning run in the grounds of Buckingham Palace

A solo Range Rover carrying the PM drives past Buckingham Palace in central London this morning

A solo Range Rover carrying the PM drives past Buckingham Palace in central London this morning

A solo Range Rover carrying the PM drives past Buckingham Palace in central London this morning

The Prime Minister was seen returning to Downing Street dressed in a red Adidas top and blue shorts after working up a sweat at the royal residence

The Prime Minister was seen returning to Downing Street dressed in a red Adidas top and blue shorts after working up a sweat at the royal residence

The Prime Minister was seen returning to Downing Street dressed in a red Adidas top and blue shorts after working up a sweat at the royal residence

A police officer stops a pedestrian as the PM's Range Rover sweeps into a Buckingham Palace entrance

A police officer stops a pedestrian as the PM's Range Rover sweeps into a Buckingham Palace entrance

A police officer stops a pedestrian as the PM’s Range Rover sweeps into a Buckingham Palace entrance

The immaculately kept gardens at the rear of Buckingham Palace (file photo) where the PM is exercised today

The immaculately kept gardens at the rear of Buckingham Palace (file photo) where the PM is exercised today

The immaculately kept gardens at the rear of Buckingham Palace (file photo) where the PM is exercised today

The keen runner was seen returning to Downing Street dressed in a red Adidas top and blue shorts after returning from the Palace.

His trademark blond mane was windswept as he stepped out of an armoured Range Rover, which whisked him the short journey along the Mall.

A blonde woman dressed in sportswear flanked the premier as he emerged from the SUV which pulled up alongside the fleet of ministerial cars at the back of Number 10. 

Mr Johnson has always been an enthusiastic runner but ramped up a personal war on fat after fighting for his life in hospital with Covid-19 last month. 

The politician has struggled with his size over the years, and he has put his intensive care stint with the disease to being overweight.  

The Prime Minister and Queen have a weekly conversation, which has been conducted over the telephone during the health emergency. 

His trademark blonde mane was windswept as he stepped out of an armoured government Range Rover, which whisked him the short journey along the Mall

His trademark blonde mane was windswept as he stepped out of an armoured government Range Rover, which whisked him the short journey along the Mall

His trademark blonde mane was windswept as he stepped out of an armoured government Range Rover, which whisked him the short journey along the Mall

The Prime Minister usually takes his daily jogs in nearby St James's Park, raising eyebrows as to why he exercised in the confines of the Palace (exiting the Palace)

The Prime Minister usually takes his daily jogs in nearby St James's Park, raising eyebrows as to why he exercised in the confines of the Palace (exiting the Palace)

The Prime Minister usually takes his daily jogs in nearby St James’s Park, raising eyebrows as to why he exercised in the confines of the Palace (exiting the Palace)

Mr Johnson has always been a keen runner but ramped up a personal war on fat after fighting for his life in hospital with Covid-19 last month

Mr Johnson has always been a keen runner but ramped up a personal war on fat after fighting for his life in hospital with Covid-19 last month

Mr Johnson has always been a keen runner but ramped up a personal war on fat after fighting for his life in hospital with Covid-19 last month

The sun shone in Westminster this morning, with temperatures expected to climb to 77F in the capital today. 

He looked to start the day right after a weekend of chaos when the spotlight focused on his maverick adviser Dominic Cummings’s lockdown flouting.

After the Number 10 top aide expressed little regret in a high-stakes and unprecedented press conference, Mr Johnson mounted a defence of his right-hand-man at the daily coronavirus briefing.

Mr Cummings has refused to resign after being accused of flouting the lockdown to travel 260 miles to his parents’ farm in Durham – where he also drove 30 miles to a nearby beauty spot during his stay.

He will this week try to wrestle back the agenda on to his easing of the lockdown, as more shops gear up to reopen.

He looked to start the day right after a weekend of chaos when the spotlight focused on his maverick adviser Dominic Cummings's lockdown flouting

He looked to start the day right after a weekend of chaos when the spotlight focused on his maverick adviser Dominic Cummings's lockdown flouting

He looked to start the day right after a weekend of chaos when the spotlight focused on his maverick adviser Dominic Cummings’s lockdown flouting 

The Prime Minister usually takes his daily jogs in nearby St James's Park, raising eyebrows as to why he exercised in the confines of the Palace

The Prime Minister usually takes his daily jogs in nearby St James's Park, raising eyebrows as to why he exercised in the confines of the Palace

The Prime Minister usually takes his daily jogs in nearby St James’s Park, raising eyebrows as to why he exercised in the confines of the Palace

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