Holly Willoughby cuddles rarely-seen son Chester as he turns 8 years old

HOLLY Willoughby gushed over her youngest son Chester as he turned eight today.

The This Morning anchor, 41 – who has endured a tough few weeks with a petition calling for her resignation – was all smiles during her touching moment of family time.

Holly Willoughby has shared a rare snap of her youngest son Chester on his 8th birthday

Holly Willoughby has shared a rare snap of her youngest son Chester on his 8th birthdayCredit: instagram
Holly, 41, has faced a tough time in her professional life with fans calling for her to resign from This Morning

Holly, 41, has faced a tough time in her professional life with fans calling for her to resign from This MorningCredit: Universal News & Sport

Mum of three Holly took to her Instagram page to capture an image showing her in her floral-print pyjamas as she gave her son a big hug.

Holly and husband Dan Baldwin often keep their trio out of the spotlight, shielding their faces from the camera, so this snap will no doubt have delighted fans of the TV host.

She accompanied the image with the caption: “Early morning blurry snuggles with the birthday boy…

“Happy 8th Birthday Chester…we love you so very much ❤️🎂🍬⚽️.”

Holly is able to spend more time with her kids this summer after she and Phil were given a well-deserved break on This Morning.

Yet since her return to the show, she and co-host Phil have been slammed by fans for allegedly jumping the queue at the Queen’s lying in state.

The presenters issued an on-air apology – claiming they were there for filming – yet insisted they would never cheat a queue.

The TV watchdog Ofcom has confirmed that they received 55 official complaints from upset viewers.

Meanwhile, in her happier family life, Holly recently shared how eldest son Harry, 13, stole the spotlight after he cheekily farted in TV host Piers Morgan’s dressing room.

Holly, who also shares daughter Belle, 10, with husband Dan Baldwinpreviously confessed to struggling with “mum guilt” because of her busy job.

“I feel guilty about everything.” she said “It’s totally normal. But what I would say is – and this is what I really have to focus on – where’s the guilt coming from?

Because I think the problem with working mums is that I’m feeling guilty because I’m not there to drop my kids off in the morning because I have to go to work.”

Holly continued: “What I’m feeling guilty about, is that in some way I’m telling myself that I clearly don’t love my kids because I love my career more than my children, which is why I’m choosing to do this.

“And of course, that’s not the case. I know that’s not the case because I know I love my kids more than anything on this planet.

“So why am I thinking like that? And it’s because I believe that’s what everyone else is thinking.”

The ITV hosts have apologised after their segment at the Queen's lying in state - yet deny they jumped the queue

The ITV hosts have apologised after their segment at the Queen’s lying in state – yet deny they jumped the queueCredit: Universal News & Sport
Holly has returned to Instagram after a break amid the queue jump row

Holly has returned to Instagram after a break amid the queue jump rowCredit: instagram
Mum of three Holly often keeps her kids out of the spotlight

Mum of three Holly often keeps her kids out of the spotlightCredit: Instagram