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Last Updated: Friday, 31 August 2007, 14:25 GMT 15:25 UK
Crowds join in Diana service
People leaving tributes at Kensington Palace
People are marking the 10th anniversary of Diana's death
Crowds in London have been remembering Diana, Princess of Wales, on the 10th anniversary of her death.

People listened to the thanksgiving service for friends and family, in the streets outside the Guards' Chapel, and joined in singing the hymns.

Several hundred people gathered outside the gates of the chapel to pay their respects to the late princess.

Members of the public began arriving at Birdcage Walk, close to the service for friends and family from about 0700 BST.

One woman in the crowd listening to the service said she thought the service was wonderful.

She said: "It reflects the enduring love that the nation has for her in her life and in her death."

Celebrity friends

But one of the early onlookers was sceptical about the provision for including ordinary people. David Linfoot, 61, of Bermondsey, south London said: "It's for the public, it's not a private service.

"William and Harry said that this was for people to celebrate their mother's anniversary and they should be bringing the public into it more."

People near the chapel watched several of the princess's celebrity friends arriving including Richard Attenborough, Wayne Sleep and Mario Testino.

Dancer Wayne Sleep told BBC News: "What today we're going to celebrate is what she did in her lifetime.

"How she helped people, how she was caring for people with Aids and with disease all over the world, the landmines, and also the fun that she gave to all of us who knew her."

Lord Attenborough described her as "the most adoring, most devoted and most self-effacing mother...a very extraordinary woman".

And Julia Samuels, a close friend of Princess Diana's, said that her death seemed unreal when it happened but continued: "Today, because time has passed, I can feel much more, it feels much more real."

People's princess

At Kensington Palace Father Frank Gelli led a short public service outside, as he has done every year since Princess Diana died.

He was curate at nearby St Mary Abbots Church when the princess lived in the palace, and suggested that this year might be a poignant time to end his annual commemorations.

John Loughrey, 52, from London
She's a star that keeps expanding
John Loughrey, Wandsworth

Some people spent the night in Kensington Gardens including Eileen Neathey, 54, from Harefield, west London, who remembers the princess for her compassion.

She said she had met Princess Diana once at the Royal Brompton Hospital, when she was visiting her mother and the Princess was visiting some patients.

"I had been up all night and was very upset and when I bumped into Diana I burst into tears. She put her arm round me and comforted me - that's the way she was."

Two American tourists had planned their holiday to be present for the day's events.

Marie Schofield a postal clerk from Florida, joined her sister Arlene Fitch, a 54-year-old manager from Boston.

Mrs Schofield, 46, said: "She got married the same year as me, she had children the same year as me and as her boys have grown up they have done just the same kind of things as our boys would do."




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