Holly Willoughby is a bubbly schoolgirl in old snaps as sister Kelly reveals her perfect childhood nickname

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Holly Willoughby and her lookalike sister Kelly have been incredibly close throughout their lives together, with big sister Kelly even having a sweet nickname for the TV star.

The This Morning star, 40, delighted fans by sharing a rare photo with her gorgeous sibling to celebrate her birthday this weekend.

And, as the pair have paid sweet tributes to one another on their Instagram pages to mark birthdays over the years, fans have been treated to some touching glimpses into their childhoods.

In one photo, which Kelly shared on Holly’s 40th birthday earlier this year, Holly looks adorable as a child in a white frilly dress.

Mini Holly is standing in front of a bush as she looks to one side away from the camera lens. The little girl has the front of her blonde locks clipped back from her face and has a full fringe over her forehead.

Other images show the bond between Holly and sister Kelly, 43, as they are seen standing side by side in the same pose together during a family holiday.

Brunette Kelly has a white and blue spotty dress with a navy sash around her waist. She is standing upright and smiling cheekily while holding her hand across her forehead in a salute.

Kelly’s little sister Holly, who was recently left in fits of laughter on This Morning, is copying her pose as she also is holding her hand up to her forehead. Meanwhile the future This Morning star looks sweet in a pink frilly dress with puff sleeves.

A third and final photo sees the girls in their school uniform. The pair attended Burgess Hill School for Girls in Sussex.

The image sees Kelly smiling sweetly as she wears a white shirt with a blue striped tie and a black skirt with little braces on.

Holly’s sister looks at the camera and smiles while she protectively holds onto her sibling, who is grinning at the camera.

Tiny Holly has a blue shirt and blue striped tie on along with a black pinafore dress over the top.

The pair are so close that Kelly even has a touching nickname for her TV star sis.

Kelly shared the sweet moniker as she praised Holly on an Instagram page to announce the upcoming release of her autobiography, Reflections.

Commenting on the announcement post, which Holly shared on Monday 26 April, Kelly told her little sister: “Beyond wonderful….”

Kelly then revealed Holly’s nickname as she added: “beyond proud of you Dolly.”

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Holly previously discussed her tight relationship with Kelly in a previous interview with The Guardian.

She said: “We’re more like friends than sisters. We even bought a place together in Putney.

“You would expect some fireworks, but because we have the same friends and have different roles within that group, none of that ever came into it.

“I’m more likely to be the one to say, ‘everyone back to mine’ and cook for everyone, whereas she’s much better at tidying up.”

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