Holly Willoughby, Emma Bunton and Nicole Appleton catch up over margaritas

She recently made a comeback to This Morning following a well-deserved two-month break.

And despite returning to the grind, Holly Willoughby managed to find time to meet up with her pals Emma Bunton and Nicole Appleton for the first time since lockdown restrictions eased on Thursday.

In a snap shared to Baby Spice's Instagram, the presenter, 39, the singer, 44, and the All Saints star, 45, appeared in great spirits as they toasted to the occasion with margaritas.

Girls' outing: Holly Willoughby managed to find time to meet up with her pals Emma Bunton, Nicole Appleton, Shiarra Bell and Niki de Metz for the first time since lockdown on Thursday

Girls' outing: Holly Willoughby managed to find time to meet up with her pals Emma Bunton, Nicole Appleton, Shiarra Bell and Niki de Metz for the first time since lockdown on Thursday

The group were also joined by their friends Shiarra Bell and Niki de Metz as they caught up over drinks and snacks. 

Musician Emma captioned the picture: 'My girls!!!! It’s been a long time and it was amazing to catch up. #bffs❤️ #margaritas #laughingoutloud ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️.' (sic)

Like the rest of the nation, the media personalities have been keeping in contact over technology, with broadcaster Holly uploading an image of their Zoom call back in May. 

Close-knit: The presenter, 39, had been keeping in touch with Baby Spice, 44, the All Saints star, 45, and their other friends over Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic

Close-knit: The presenter, 39, had been keeping in touch with Baby Spice, 44, the All Saints star, 45, and their other friends over Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic

Earlier in the day, Holly lamented the new 'six person rule' as England prepares to face updated coronavirus restrictions on Monday following a spike in infections.

Talking on Thursday's This Morning, the host asked whether she was going to have to choose between her mother Lynne, 71, or father Terry, on Christmas due to having a family of five. 

On Monday, no more than six people will be permitted to gather in England - with a few exceptions, which include going to school, work or 'exceptional life events'.

Family first: Earlier in the day, Holly lamented the new 'six person rule' as England prepares to face updated restrictions on Monday (pictured with mother Lynne, 71)

Family first: Earlier in the day, Holly lamented the new 'six person rule' as England prepares to face updated restrictions on Monday (pictured with mother Lynne, 71) 

Breaking these new restrictions will mean fines of £100, doubling for each incident up to £3,200. 

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