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Piers Morgan pays touching tribute to Barbara Windsor on her birthday

Dame Barbara celebrated her 83rd birthday on Thursday

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Piers Morgan has sent Dame Barbara Windsor a touching message to celebrate her birthday.

The legendary EastEnders actress celebrated her 83rd birthday on Thursday (August 6).

Piers, 55, shared a photo of himself and Barbara from an episode of his Life Stories series to Instagram to mark the occasion.

Read more: Barbara Windsor trends on Twitter as co-stars post beautiful birthday tributes

What did Piers Morgan say?

Piers wrote: “Happy Birthday to my fabulous friend Barbara Windsor.

“She’s been going through such a tough time in recent years but has never lost that cheeky grin or massive heart. A wonderful lady.”

On Thursday, Barbara’s EastEnders co-stars paid tribute to her.

The Carry On star recently moved into a care home ahead of the special day amid her battle with Alzheimer’s.

Barbara Windsor
Barbara Windsor celebrated her 83rd birthday on Thursday (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Emma Barton posted a shot of herself with the actress and soap veteran Perry Fenwick.

She said: “‘There is nothing like a Dame’… My #tbt has to be of my favourite Dame… Happy Birthday Bar…”

Meanwhile, Tamzin Outhwaite shared a snap alongside Barbara, adding: “Happy birthday Dame Barbara Windsor.”

Happy Birthday to my fabulous friend Barbara Windsor.

Lacey Turner also paid tribute to Babs, writing: “Happy birthday to this Wonder Woman hope your day is as beautiful as you.”

Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014 but shared her illness with the public in 2018.

Barbara moved into care home

The star’s husband Scott Mitchell recently opened up about his heartbreak following her move into a care home.

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Scott has moved Barbara into a care home (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Scott told The Sun: “It’s always been my biggest fear.

“That one day I would have to take her somewhere and she’d be thinking, ‘Why would he do this to me?’

“That fear has become a reality. It’s something I never wanted.”

Read more: Scott Mitchell admits deteriorating condition of Barbara Windsor gives him ‘dark moments’

Scott, who has been married to the actress for 20 years, added he knew a move into a residential care home was right for Barbara.

He added: “But that’s the illness and, however painful it is for me to accept it, I don’t regret the decision.”

Scott said he knew a move into a residential care home was right for Barbara (Credit: SplashNews.com)

Meanwhile, in June, Scott explained he was given a warning from Barbara’s healthcare specialist about her condition.

He said on Ross Kemp: Living with Dementia: “It’s the thing I’ve always feared.

“He’s basically telling me I need to prepare myself that at some point it may not be sustainable to give her the kind of care she needs at the house.

“I’ve had some fairly dark moments since he said that because there’s a part of me that knows that most likely is the truth and that’s what needs to happen.”

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