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Christine Lampard in emotional return to Loose Women after 40th birthday

Christine Lampard was emotional as she returned to Loose Women on Thursday, five months after giving birth.

Christine, who turned 40 over the weekend, teared up as she was welcomed back with a montage of birthday wishes from a host of ITV colleagues including Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

The television presenter, from Newtownards, was joined by fellow panellists Gloria Hunniford, Nadia Sawalha and Stacey Solomon for her first show back.

Christine said she watched the lunchtime chat show every day on maternity leave, usually while feeding baby Patricia in her pyjamas.

Speaking of motherhood, Christine said: "I have got into a sort of routine now. I am brave enough now to take her out and get her out on my knee, but in the early stages I was a bit worried about it, thinking 'what if I don’t have everything, what if she starts crying.'"

Patricia, who is named after husband Frank's late mother, is the first grandchild in Christine's family and is "very much adored."

As the panel discussed the media's recent criticism of the Duchess of Sussex, including her obsession with holding her bump, Christine was quick to swoop to the Duchess of Sussex's defence.

"I got butterflies every time I touched my bump because I was just so chuffed it was there," she said. 

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Christine and Frank, who was very close to his late mother, met at the Pride of Britain Awards in 2009 and he later proposed while the couple enjoyed a holiday in America in 2011.

The couple had a four-year engagement before wedding at Saint Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London, in December 2015, with Ed Sheeran performing at the Mayfair reception.

Christine announced her pregnancy on Instagram in May, sharing a family snap of the couple with Frank's daughters Luna, Isla and their pet dog.

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