Holly Willoughby celebrates 40th in dress donned by mother on milestone birthday

Holly Willoughby's funniest This Morning and Celeb Juice moments

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This Morning star Holly wanted to say it with flowers while celebrating the milestone so borrowed the 32-year-old frilled number. She said: “I can’t be with my Mum or Dad today but wearing this in her honour makes me feel closer to them… love you Mumma!”

She also proudly shared a snap of Linda, 72, wearing the dress in 1988.

Holly explained: “This photo of my Mum was taken on her 40th birthday at the party she had in the garden. I remember this day so clearly.

“It’s a strange thing to reach the age you remember your Mum being! I asked her if she’d kept the dress and of course she had.

Strange moment zipping it up this morning, wondering how she felt on her big day.”

Mum-of-three Holly was later moved again when co-host Phillip Schofield and their TV pals clapped and sang Stevie Wonder’s Happy Birthday in the balloon-festooned studio. They also produced a replica of the house cake she’d first had when she turned two.

She said: “I’m going to spend all day in tears!”

Phillip, 58, earlier told ITV viewers the “birthday girl is about to arrive”.

He also panned to a “Happy birthday Holly!” floor sticker and showed her dressing room filled with champagne and flowers.

Holly’s sister Kelly, 42, and showbiz friends including Piers Morgan, Emma Bunton and Tamzin Outhwaite sent birthday greetings on social media.

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