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BRITAIN'S BLAIR ATTENDS SERVICE FOR POPE
British Prime minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair arrive for a commemoration service in honour of Pope John Paul II in London on Monday, April 4, 2005. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)
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Cherie Blair QC (born 23 September 1954), known professionally as Cherie Booth QC, is a British barrister working in the legal system of England and Wales. She is married to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair; the couple have 3 sons and 1 daughter.

Cherie Booth was born on 23 September 1954 at Fairfield Hospital, Bury, then Lancashire, now Greater Manchester, England, and brought up in Ferndale Road, Waterloo, north of Liverpool. She was christened Theresa Cara Booth. Her father, British actor Tony Booth, left her mother, actress Gale Howard (née Joyce Smith) when Cherie was eight years old. She and her younger sister, Lyndsey, were then brought up by their mother Gale and their paternal grandmother, Vera Booth, a devout Roman Catholic of Irish descent. The sisters attended Catholic schools in Crosby and Sefton. Cherie Booth attended Seafield Convent Grammar which is now part of Sacred Heart Catholic College, where she achieved 4 Grade A GCE A Level passes. Cherie and Lyndsey have six half sisters, including British journalist Lauren Booth. Cherie Blair is a practising Roman Catholic.

She studied law at the London School of Economics and graduated with First Class Honours. She later came at the top of her year in the bar exams, while teaching law at the Polytechnic of Central London (University of Westminster). In 1976, while she was studying to become a barrister, she met future Prime Minister and husband Tony Blair. She obtained a pupillage in the chambers of Derry Irvine ahead of him, although he was also taken on. Married on 29 March 1980, they have four children: Euan, Nicholas, Kathryn, and Leo. According to Blair's official biography, Leo was the first child born to a serving Prime Minister in over 150 years, since Francis Russell was born to Lord John Russell on 11 July 1849.

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