Thursday 29 September 2022 10:29 AM Holly Willoughby shares snap of son Chester on his 8th birthday - as she moves ... trends now
Holly Willoughby looked on cloud nine as she celebrated her son Chester's eighth birthday on Thursday.
The TV presenter, 41, took to Instagram and shared a rare snap of herself alongside her son as they shared an early morning hug.
Holly, who is also mother to Harry, 13, and Belle, 11, with her husband Dan Baldwin, keeps her children's faces hidden on social media.
Heartwarming: Holly Willoughby looked on cloud nine as she celebrated her son Chester's eighth birthday on Thursday
The star wrapped her arms around Chester in the heartwarming snap where she donned a floral dressing gown.
Alongside the photo, she wrote: 'Early morning blurry snuggles with the birthday boy… Happy 8th Birthday Chester…we love you so very much ❤️'.
Several of Holly's celebrity pals sent their well wishes with with fellow This Morning host Rochelle Humes writing: 'Oh Happy Birthday gorgeous Chester ❤️'.
Dermot O'Leary wrote: 'Happy birthday champ x' while Abbey Clancy added: 'Happy birthday to our gorgeous Chester have the best day beautiful boy'.
Fallout: Holly is moving on from her recent 'queuegate' controversy, which saw her and Phillip Schofield accused of skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state
Holly appears to be moving on from her recent 'queuegate' controversy, which saw her and This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield accused of skipping the queue to see the Queen lying in state.
The week-long fallout over the incident – which has spawned hundreds of jokes online at their expense – has sparked rival briefing wars, with the presenters' relationship now said to be under strain.
Holly is also believed to be unhappy that ITV did not step in sooner to back her, and there has been speculation – since denied – that she may leave the show.
After being seen on the official camera feed inside the venue, the pair said they were there to make a segment for This Morning's show which would air four days later.
No TV crews other than the official feed were allowed inside.
Reaction: Several of Holly's celebrity pals sent their well wishes with with fellow This Morning host Rochelle Humes writing: 'Oh Happy Birthday gorgeous Chester ❤️'
It comes after Holly was said to have been leaning on Alison Hammond for support while she rides out a wave of public anger over the allegations.
Amid the backlash, the pair have been receiving support from the hosts of Friday's show, Alison and Dermot, with MailOnline understanding that they have been 'in regular touch' with the pair all this week.
Holly and Phil have not commented on the matter since issuing a statement in which they insisted they 'did not skip the queue'.
Style: Holly looked incredible for Thursday's This Morning where she donned an animal print long-sleeved midi dress
Security: In light of the 'queue-jumping' row, a source told MailOnline that ITV bosses are aware the NTAs could pose 'risks' for the pair and will put 'measures' in place on the night
Joining the line: Members of the public can be seen queuing to get into Westminster Abbey, and the media box can be seen at the back
Last Thursday, Holly returned to social media for the first time since the scandal, to congratulate her friend and This Morning fashion presenter Lisa Snowdon for winning Celebrity MasterChef.
Holly has been relying on support from her friends to get her through the past few days. Despite the fact that calls for Holly and Phil to be sacked could land Alison and Dermot the role as full-time hosts, sources say they have remained loyal.
Phil and Holly are reportedly paid as much as £600,000 for presenting the daytime show from Mondays to Thursdays, with Alison and Dermot filling in for Friday's show.
This Morning insiders believe they are now 'through the worst of the crisis' but ITV bosses are still taking steps to make sure Phil and Holly get any support they need.
Snap happy: Holly and Phil outside the Houses of Parliament. The pair say none of the broadcasters and journalists at the Queen's lying-in-state took anyone's place in the queue
'ITV has a duty of care to look after all of its presenters and some of the abuse that Phil and Holly have received on social media is absolutely horrendous,' a source said.
'People have gone way too far in some of the things they are saying and senior management have kept in regular touch with Phil and Holly to check they are OK. That will carry on until next week when they return to the programme.
'Those working on the show hope, by then, things will have blown over and that they will be able to start to put this nightmare to bed. But only time will tell.'
It comes after it emerged that Holly and Phillip were keen to issue a public apology over 'queuegate', but were talked out of it after taking legal advice.
A statement was issued by ITV on Saturday and later broadcast on Tuesday's This Morning, which was voiced over by Holly, but both stopped short of using the word 'sorry' - a move which has