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Christine Lampard shares rare family photo - but there's someone important missing

The Loose Women panellist went out to celebrate her husband's birthday this week

Hanna Fillingham

Frank Lampard was surrounded by his family as he celebrated a milestone birthday on Wednesday, and it looked like they had a wonderful time! The former professional footballer enjoyed a meal out with his wife Christine Lampard and his family to mark turning 40, but fans were quick to notice that there was someone important missing from the photo - Frank's daughter Luna, although she might well have been taking the photograph. The birthday boy's youngest daughter, Isla, was present, and looked like she was having a great time sat between two relatives, assumed to be her cousins. "Birthday dinner for my gorgeous husband," Christine captioned the photo. This birthday will be Franks last as a dad-of-two, with the exciting news that him and Christine and expecting their first baby together being announced in May.

Frank Lampard celebrated his birthday with his family

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Christine is already a doting stepmum to Isla and Luna, and opened up about their reaction to her baby joy during appearance on Loose Women. "My stepdaughters are excited," she told the panel. "I've told them that the baby can apparently hear voices at this point so they're talking to my tummy asking them who its favourite sister is." The TV star added that there was just one requirement they asked for when it came to their new sibling. "They want a girl, that's their only situation," she said.

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In the past, Christine often spoke out about her thoughts on becoming a mum both on Loose Women and in interviews. "If it happens, of course it will be wonderful," she told the Mirror. "If not we have the two girls – and one is about to embark on her teenage years, so that is a whole other chapter about to happen. That is honestly where our heads are at, and we just enjoy life as best we can in between."

Christine Lampard announced her pregnancy in May

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Christine and Frank, both 39, have been married since 2015. They first met in 2009 - just months after the footballer lost his mother Pat to pneumonia. Frank recently opened up about his romance with his wife, admitting that it was "love at first sight". "I had been on my own for a year, single for a year, and I'd had a very hard time with my mum, and I was in a difficult place," he shared. "And I don't need to go into that, but it was tough, and I was working and that was my get-out from a very hard year for myself," he said.