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Janette Manrara shares adorable photo of baby Lyra reuniting with Strictly star for special occasion

Janette and husband Aljaz Skorjanec welcomed their daughter last summer

Baby Lyra and Janette Manrara cuddling at work
Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
27 March 2024
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Janette Manrara revealed that her daughter Lyra, who is eight months old, just passed an important milestone – although her post about it divided her fans

On Wednesday, she shared another glimpse into life as a mum-of-one, as she and her little girl reunited with one of her friends from Strictly, with adorable results. 

Janette took to Instagram, where she posted photos from her Lyra's reunion with former show contestant Emma Thynn, Marchioness of Bath. 

In the snaps, Emma and Lyra both rocked animal print outfits, with the Marchioness looking stylish as ever in a cropped leopard-print top and black trousers, which she wore with oversized sunglasses. 

Little Lyra had a matching animal print bodysuit, with a leopard ear headband, and she beamed for the camera in a couple of photos that showed her posing on her own, and one where she sat on Emma's knee, while the Strictly star cuddled her. 

The dancer melted hearts with the sweet picture
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In her caption, Janette revealed that the visit was for a very special reason, writing: "Happy Birthday to the Leopard Queen @emmathynn! Lyra got dressed up just for you!" 

She continued: "Thank you for being such an incredible friend always, and for being the best #WildAuntie Lyra could ask for! Love you so much!!"

Janette Manrara and Aljaz Skorjanec smiling together© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
The couple married in 2017

This is the first time in the last couple of weeks that Janette and Lyra have met up with their former co-stars. Earlier this month, they were joined by Janette's husband Aljaz as they spent time with Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez, when they went to the couple's beautiful Cheshire home for dinner. 

Although they appeared to have fun, but it's safe to say they were a little worn out by the end of the get-together! 

Janette Manrara reunited with her Strictly co-stars© Instagram
Janette and Aljaz are good friends with Gemma and Gorka

Both Janette and Gemma shared photos of the meet-up on their respective Instagram accounts. The images showed the group beaming together, the four parents all cuddling their children, Lyra, baby Thiago and Mia, three.

Strictly stars and their children

Gemma Atkinson and Gorka Marquez sit on the sofa with the children
Gorka Marquez, Gemma Atkinson and their children
  • Strictly pro Gorka Marquez and former Strictly contestant Gemma Atkinson share two children, Mia, four, and baby Thiago. 
  • Strictly: It Takes Two host Janette Manrara and her dancer husband Aljaz Skorjanec are parents to baby girl Lyra.
  • Strictly winners Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley welcomed baby Minnie in January 2023.
  • Former Strictly pros James and Ola Jordan share a daughter, three-year-old Ella.
  • Former pro Pasha Kovalev and Rachel Riley share two daughters, Maven, three, and Noa, one.
  • Strictly judge and ex-pro Anton du Beke and his wife Hannah share adorable six-year-old twins George and Henrietta.
  • Former Strictly star Artem Chigvintsev and Nikki Bella became parents to son Matteo in July 2000.
  • Professional dancer Natalie Lowe and her husband James Knibbs welcomed their son Jack in December 2020. 
  • Ben Cohen and former Strictly dancer Kristina Rihanoff met in series 11 and now share a six-year-old daughter, Milena.
  • Ex-Strictly pro Brendan Cole and his wife Zoe Hobbs are parents to Aurelia, age 10, and Dante, five.

A second snap showed them all in the same position, but only this time they looked shattered, including little Mia, who appeared to be in her pyjamas ready for bed. 

Janette Manrara in a strapless dress and Aljaz Skorjanec in a black coat© Mike Marsland/WireImage
Janette and Aljaz welcomed Lyra in July

Janette wrote:"'Strictly Come Parenting'! Haha! What a day w/ these guys. @glouiseatkinson & @gorka_marquez were amazing hosts, and for the record Gorks can cook one mean meal! Delicioso! "Thanks for having us! Photo 1 is lovely…. the last one, well no words needed. #IYKYK."

Meanwhile, Gemma captioned the images: "Attempt 14 Instagram Vs Reality! Gorka cooked and hosted the most amazing food for us all tonight," before confessing: " [and] Thiago cried throughout most of the evening... @gorka_marquez @jmanrara @aljazskorjanec." 

Janette Manrara cuddles her daughter Lyra © Instagram
The dancer's such a proud mum

Lyra and Thiago were pictured adorably looking at each other whilst relaxing on the sofa. Lyra donned an adorable Disney-themed T-shirt which she wore with sweet denim-like leggings, vibrant red trainers and frilly socks - and of course matching faux denim headband! 

Meanwhile, Thiago opted for cosy turquoise tracksuit bottoms and an orange T-shirt. Gorka and Gemma's eldest child Mia certainly lived up to her "mother hen" credentials and was pictured inside the playpen with two infants and gave the camera a wide grin as she played with the pair.

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