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Holly Willoughby breaks her silence on social media after ‘queue-jumping’ drama

Holly Willoughby has broken her social media silence for the first time since she was falsely accused of jumping the queue to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall.

Over the past week, the 41-year-old This Morning presenter has been viscously trolled online over false claims she and co-host Phillip Schofield received VIP treatment to view the late monarch lying-in-state.

As members of the press, the pair explained they did not have to join the queue, which at one point reached a 24 hour wait time, as they were reporting on the events.

After keeping a low profile online amid the drama, Holly posted on her Instagram stories today to congratulate her close pal Lisa Snowdon on winning Celebrity MasterChef.






Holly Willoughby breaks her silence after This Morning ‘queue-gate’ fury with first social media post since row erupted

Holly posted a message of congratulations to her friend
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Holly Willoughby

Holly had been keeping a low profile on social media
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Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Sharing Lisa’s post, she wrote: “Congrats. Well done clever lady,” adding a red heart emoji.

Both Holly and Phil, 60, had been noticeably silent on Instagram since the queue jump saga began, with the duo still not posting on their main pages.

Holly’s last Instagram post was on September 12, four days before the queue-jump drama, while Phil hasn’t posted since September 8.

The mum-of-three posted a sweet tribute to the Queen, as she shared letters her children had written to leave at the gates of Buckingham Palace.






Holly took her children to Buckingham Palace to say goodbye to the Queen

Holly took her children to Buckingham Palace to say goodbye to the Queen
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Holly had also posted a snap of her children – Chester, seven, Belle, 11, and Harry, 13 – as they visited the palace to lay down flowers and pay their respects.

The post has since attracted nasty comments from some people, although others have apologised for the “vilification” Holly and Phil have received and offered their support.

Phillip, who posts on Instagram less often than his This Morning co-host, most recently shared a black and white picture of the late monarch. Alongside the snap, he wrote: “Thank you Ma’am,” with a broken heart emoji.






This Morning Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby break silence after false queue jumping allegations

Holly and Phil addressed the false accusations on This Morning
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Speaking on their daytime show on Tuesday, the duo issued a lengthy statement about the pictures of them at Westminster Hall.

“We were given official permission to access the hall, it was strictly for reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who haven’t been able to visit Westminster in person,” Holly said in a pre-recorded voice over.

She added: “The rules were, that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back.





ITV Screengrab CAPTION: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby in Westminster Hall to see The Queen Lying in State

The pair were working at Westminster Hall

“In contrast, those paying respect stood on a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause. None of the broadcasters or journalists there took anyone’s place in the queue and no one filed past the Queen.”

Holly admitted they understood the backlash surrounding them being at the lying in state.

“We, of course, respected those rules. However, we realised it may have looked like something else and therefore totally understand the reaction.

“Please know we would never jump the queue,” Holly concluded.

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