Holly Willoughby was reduced to tears after reading notes penned to the late Queen by her three children.
Speaking on yesterday's episode of This Morning, the 42-year-old explained how the tragic news about the Monarch has affected Harry, 13, Belle, 11, and Chester, seven, and herself.
Holly took the youngsters to Buckingham Palace on Saturday afternoon, and found the experience 'difficult and emotional' when she considered it was that just a few months after the family's last visit for the Diamond Jubilee.
She said: 'The last time I was outside Buckingham Palace was in June, for the Jubilee and the pageant. It was the last time we saw the Queen walk out onto the balcony. And then suddenly, three months later, to be there placing flowers in her memory was just... it was difficult. It was very, very emotional.'
Her Majesty passed away last Thursday aged 96. She had spent 70 years on the throne, and was Great Britiain's longest-ruling monarch.
A lot of parents are struggling to manage their own feelings about Queen Elizabeth's passing while also guiding young children through the UK's very public outpouring of grief, and Holly is no exception.
'She was just consistently there for so many of us. So many of us never knew anything different. On Saturday, I wanted to take the children down because I think you're trying to explain it to young people and almost trying to understand it yourself. I found it quite helpful; as I was talking to them, it was kind of sinking in for myself.' she said.
'For me, explaining it to Chester somewhat, I was trying to explain that whatever her passions and love, from being a little girl, this is where she was destined to go and destined to do. All of her own passions had to be put on the backburner for her country.'
Ahead of their sombre trip to the Royal palace 'to reflect and pay our respects', she asked her children to write a letter to the Queen, and generously shared what they wrote with her followers on Instagram - and some of their sentiments are impossible not to raise a smile.
Belle revealed that she prefers Winnie The Pooh to Paddington bear, but wrote that she was sure that she and the Queen could put their differences to one side and be friends. Meanwhile Holly's eldest Chester thanked her 'for football'.
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