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Kate Beckinsale celebrates daughter's 18th birthday with throwback photo: 'Nothing has been better than being your mama'

Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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Kate Beckinsale was every bit the proud mum this week as she celebrated her daughter Lily's 18th birthday. The 43-year-old Underworld actress uploaded a throwback photo on Instagram to mark the landmark event, showing Lily as a little toddler wearing her mother's shoes. Alongside the image, Kate shared a sweet message for her only child.

"18 and now you're in the big girl shoes for real," she wrote. "I love you so much @lily_beckinsale. Nothing has been better in my life than being your mama. Happy happy happy birthday to my favourite, funniest best person in the world. PS we will obviously get you better shoes, those are hideous I don't know what I was thinking."

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Kate Beckinsale shared a throwback photo in honour of daughter Lily's 18th birthday

Lily is Kate's child with ex-partner Michael Sheen. The pair dated from 1995 until 2003 and welcomed their daughter in 1999. Following their split, Kate went on to marry Len Wiseman, although they called time on their 12-year marriage in November 2015. Michael, meanwhile, is currently in a relationship with Sarah Silverman.

Nevertheless, Kate and Michael remain close, and in December they came together to celebrate another momentous occasion – Lily's acceptance into college.

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Kate shared a sweet split photo with her Instagram followers showing Michael embracing both her and Lily, writing: "The appropriate fatherly response when you find out your girl got into college: burst into tears, drop everything, rush over and pick up everyone even remotely involved. @lily_beckinsale we are so unbelievably proud of you. Fly fly fly ❤❤❤❤."

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The actress previously shared a photo showing Lily's dad Michael Sheen celebrating her college success

While fans were touched by Michael and Kate's display of parental pride, Lily herself wasn’t exactly thrilled. In a recent interview with Too Fab while promoting Underworld: Blood Wars, Kate admitted she got into "a bit of trouble at home" for her enthusiastic post.

"She said, 'I wish you said I got into the college of my choice, because it sounded like you had no hope of me getting into college anywhere. You made me sound like a loser!'" Kate revealed.

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