Sunday, August 30, 1998 Published at 23:07 GMT 00:07 UK
Prayers for Diana
Flowers threaded into the gates of Buckingham Palace last year
The royal family and the prime minister have attended church together on the eve of the anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
As people all across Britain prepare to commemorate her death, Sunday morning saw senior royals with Tony Blair and his wife Cherie at Crathie Church, close to the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland.
Prince William, 16, and Prince Harry, 13, sat on either side of their father in the front pew with the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the 98-year-old Queen Mother, as they listened to the local vicar's words.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in a Daimler limousine accompanied by the Duke of York and his daughters Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.
The Queen Mother and the Prince of Wales arrived in a second Daimler.
Mr Blair went to Balmoral on Saturday for meetings with the Queen.
Both the royals and the Blairs will return to the church for private prayers on Monday, the anniversary of Diana's death.
Earl Spencer spoke of the debt of gratitude he feels for people's support in the past year when he addressed members of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club.
"My family today would want me to thank you for your support over the past turbulent year," he said.
"We were all very touched for your gestures of solidarity and calling off your fixture in the immediate aftermath of my sister's death 12 months ago."
Mourners arrive in London
In London, mourners from around the globe have arrived to lay flowers, poems and toys outside the princess's former home, Kensington Palace.
Although the tributes cannot compete in volume with those left in the immediate aftermath of the fatal car crash, many say they still feel emotional about the anniversary.
"It was Amy's idea," said mother Sheila, 28. "She was only five when Diana died but loved watching her on the television."
Amy, now aged six, explained her love for the princess stemmed from "her really pretty dresses".
Two brothers from Munich, Thomas Buettner, 36, and Oliver, 27, laid red roses at the gates. "There is a special feeling today but no logical reason behind it," they said.
A 70-year-old woman from London said: "It's ghoulish. Look at all these flowers - how many of these people last visited their own dead relatives to put flowers on their graves?"
The woman, who was afraid to be named because her opinion was "different than most other people's", added: "Look at the starving in Uganda, shouldn't they be spending their money on those people instead?"
Flags are being flown at half mast and the princess's sons, William, 16, and Harry, 13, will spend the weekend at Balmoral with their father.
At Althorp, the princess's childhood home where she has been laid to rest on an island, the Spencers will hold a private service in the grounds.
A service in memory of Diana has been held in Westminster Cathedral. Catholic cathedral remained open on Sunday until 11pm for private prayer and reflection.
Fayed to attend private memorial
Mohamed al-Fayed, whose son Dodi died in the same crash as the Princess, will attend a private memorial service at his tomb in the grounds of the family home at Oxted, Surrey.
Later Mr al-Fayed will go to Harrods to be with members of staff and to thank customers for their kindness and condolences.
A permanent memorial to the couple will be unveiled at the store to replace the shrine set up temporarily a year ago.