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The Hubbards celebrate Pearl’s first birthday!

It’s been a year since Kim gave birth to baby Pearl LIVE in the Queen Vic toilets and the family all gather to celebrate her first birthday, next week on EastEnders. 

As we know, Kim loves any excuse to have a celebration and show off her family and what she has, so next week is no excuse. She holds nothing back to celebrate Pearl’s first birthday!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: BEHIND THE SCENES with RICHARD BLACKWOOD and TAMEKA EMPSON.  Vincent (RICHARD BLACKWOOD), Pearl, Kim Fox-Hubbard (TAMEKA EMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Claudette and Kim’s feisty relationship also continues as Claudette comments on Pearl’s outfit, and then realises that Kim has dressed her up in matching outfits.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Claudette comments on Pearl's outfit.  Claudette (ELLEN THOMAS), Pearl, Vincent (RICHARD BLACKWOOD) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Claudette comments on Pearl's outfit and realises Kim is wearing matching clothes.  Claudette (ELLEN THOMAS), Pearl, Vincent (RICHARD BLACKWOOD), Kim Fox-Hubbard (TAMEKA EMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Having gone all-out on turning the Square into a funfair-esque party, including bouncy castles and candyfloss, the Hubbards invite some other guests to celebrate. Claudette’s foster son, Linford, (played by Leon Lopez) arrives at the party and catches up with Vincent, and the rest of the family.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE and ALL ABOUT SOAP) Linford arrives in the Square.   Claudette (ELLEN THOMAS), Vincent (RICHARD BLACKWOOD), Linford (LEON LOPEZ) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE and ALL ABOUT SOAP) Linford arrives in the Square.  Vincent (RICHARD BLACKWOOD), Linford (LEON LOPEZ) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Casting Leon Lopez as one of Claudette’s foster children was announced back in January where it was revealed he’d be a guest character, and feature in a handful of episodes.                                                                                                         Speaking about guest starring in EastEnders, Lopez said, “I’m so excited to be working on EastEnders and still can’t believe it! It really is a dream come true.”

As Kim enjoys herself at Pearl’s birthday party, she decides to take a turn on the bouncy castle, much to Claudette’s disapproval.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE and ALL ABOUT SOAP) Kim takes a turn on the bouncy castle. Kim Fox-Hubbard (TAMEKA EMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Claudette then punctures the bouncy castle when nobody is looking, completely shocking Kim when it starts to deflate around her!

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE and ALL ABOUT SOAP) Claudette punctures the bouncy castle.  Claudette (ELLEN THOMAS) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE and ALL ABOUT SOAP) Kim is taken aback when the bouncy castle begins to deflate! Kim Fox-Hubbard (TAMEKA EMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 16/02/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 23/02/2016 - Episode: 5234 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE and ALL ABOUT SOAP) Kim is taken aback when the bouncy castle begins to deflate! Kim Fox-Hubbard (TAMEKA EMPSON) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Will Kim and Claudette ever get on with each other!?

EastEnders airs these birthday scenes on Tuesday 23rd February, on BBC One. 

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