This Morning’s Holly Willoughby pays touching tribute to mum on 40th birthday

This Morning: Holly says she’s wearing her mum’s dress

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Holly Willoughby joined co-host Phillip Schofield on today’s This Morning as the pair celebrated her 40th birthday. In a special edition of the ITV show, the set was covered in balloons, flashing lights and party decorations as they embraced the milestone. And Holly revealed at the top of the show the very special way she’d marked the occasion in a touching tribute to her mum.

After wishing his co-host a happy birthday, Phillip turned his attention to Holly’s outfit for the day.

“This is a very special dress that you’re wearing,” Phillip said to the birthday girl as Holly went on to detail why.

The This Morning host explained: “Yeah, so this dress that I’m wearing today, it’s a bit of a surprise for my mum as well actually,

“This is the dress that my mum wore on her 40th birthday.”

Holly continued: “She had a party in the garden back in the 80s,

“So I asked mum a few weeks ago if she still had and of course it’s still sitting there in her loft.”

Holly then stood up to show ITV viewers the dress in full-length after delving into the details about the touching nod to her mum.

Giving a twirl, Holly added: “It’s nice and 80s, isn’t it? Look at it, look at the shoulders.”

Holly then revealed how she’d led her mother to believe the dress wouldn’t fit and thus, she wouldn’t be able to wear it.

“I said to her ‘oh no, it doesn’t fit, I can’t wear it anywhere, it’s no good and also it’s so 80s I couldn’t possibly wear it,’

“Anyway, I put it on this morning and I knew it would be – I knew it’d feel nice to wear something that she’d worn on her day when it was the same day, but it was a bit of a moment.”

“It was quite special,” Holly added after discussing the dress’s significance to her birthday celebrations.

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Holly had previously revealed the touching tribute to her mum via her Instagram page.

Sharing a snap of her in the dress alongside her mother in the same outfit, she penned to her seven million followers: “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…”

The This Morning star added: “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! #sothisis40.”

Before long, hundreds of her fans replied with their sweet birthday messages.

“Aw I love this! Gorgeous dress,” commented The Saturdays singer Mollie King.

And former X factor host Kate Thornton weighed in: “Ahhh, love this – and you! Happy birthday darling x.”

This Morning continues weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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