Kate Garraway visits Derek Draper's grave on Father's Day and posts heartbreaking tribute

Kate Garraway has shared a heartbreaking Father's Day post after the loss of her husband, Derek Draper.

The Good Morning Britain star, 57 lost the father of children, Darcey and Billy, in January after the lobbyist's long battle with Covid. Taking to Instagram paying tribute to Derek, Kate admitted their first Father's Day without the dad-of-two had been "tough", revealing they had visited her husband's grave.

Sharing a heartbreaking photo of her family, she wrote: "So yesterday was one of those days the kids & I knew would be tough . #fathersday - the day when everyone wants to celebrate their daddy. We started by visiting Derek’s grave early - and talked about all the amazing things we loved about him, the daft things he did to make us laugh and all the things he has given us that we’ll never forget . We have so much to be grateful for .

kate garraway visits derek draper's grave on father's day and posts heartbreaking tribute

Derek Draper funeral in north London

"We’re also so grateful to still have my amazing dad in our lives and Derek’s dad too . Brilliant Papa & Grandad . Then thanks to my fab @global family we went to the #capitalsummertimeball - an amazing day of music & summer joy. It was sad coming home & not findinv Derek waiting to hear “all about it” as he used to say. But so wonderful that we had him at all. I know for so many yesterday would have been a tough day so here’s to getting through and let’s celebrate all the wonderful fathers & father figures & what they gift us everyday . #love #gratitude#letscelebratelife."

Alongside the message, Kate shared photos of her father and Derek's dad as she thanked the "brilliant papa and grandad". Following her poignant post, the mum -of-two was wished well by her legion of loyal fans with many telling Kate how strong she was. Her famous friend and ITV co-star, Lorraine Kelly, replied: "Beautiful words and what a gorgeous photo." Meanwhile, Kate's GMB colleague, Charlotte Hawkins, wrote: "Lots of love to you," with a red heart emoji. Elsewhere, another fan said: "Well done Kate. Your strength amazes me."

Last month, Kate revealed the kindness of her colleagues had left in her tears when she returned back to work. The journalist had celebrated her birthday earlier in May and upon returning to the studio, was elated at the personalised gifts she'd received from her co-hosts, including Susanna Reid.

kate garraway visits derek draper's grave on father's day and posts heartbreaking tribute

Kate Garraway

kate garraway visits derek draper's grave on father's day and posts heartbreaking tribute

Kate Garraway

Taking to her Instagram page, an emotional Kate penned: The next are three fabulous total surprises - >>> gorgeous chocolates & flowers from @susannareid100, a basket of goodies from the @gmb gang, a fabulous wrap dress literally left on my doorstep as she "thought I might need cheering up" by my mate @toniabuxton."

She continued: "And the last is the most personal & kind embroidered collar- you know how I love my crazy collars! - from @lisamejuto. Lisa is a makeup artist at @gmb & she’s gorgeous to everyone & fab at her job & we’ve laughed our heads off together over the years.

"But today when she gave me this out of the blue at 4 in the morning I burst into tears. The hard work & effort - carefully hand-sewing symbols that she knows mean so much - including Darcey, Bill & Derek’s initials, shows so much painstaking love. The picture really doesn’t do it justice. Am now lying in bed feeling like the luckiest person in the world to have so many good people around me."

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