L O N D O N, Aug. 31, 2001 -- It has been four years since the shocking bulletin went out around the world: Diana, Princess of Wales had been killed in a Paris car crash.
After the news, crowds of mourners flocked to her London home, Kensington Palace, leaving a sea of wreaths, flowers and pictures in the surrounding grounds.
Peter Oborne, the political editor of Britain's Spectator magazine, who covered the funeral, told ABCNEWS' Good Morning America that people are still visibly moved by the loss today.
"You can see those wreaths put against the gates, and little messages and photographs of the princess," Oborne said. "It's terribly moving … very simple. Of course, it's not on the scale of anything like the scale of four years ago, but nevertheless, it's there."
Memories of Diana are still vivid for many people around the world, but Britain is holding no official ceremony to mark the gloomy anniversary. Oborne said he was surprised there was not more being said about the princess on the anniversary.
"I was reflecting today as I picked up the English newspapers how little there was about the princess on the fourth anniversary of her death," Oborne said.
Memorial Woodland to Diana
The princess, who would have turned 40 this summer, was remembered today with a low-key ceremony in the Leicestershire National Forest in central England. Three Bosnian pines, symbols of her land-mine clearance efforts in that country, were planted in the forest as a memorial.
The royal family will be marking the day in private. Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, are with their father at a royal estate in Scotland.
The princess was killed with Dodi Fayed, the son of Harrods luxury store owner Mohamed Al Fayed, when their limousine crashed in a Paris tunnel in 1997. The driver, Henri Paul, was also killed. Bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones was badly injured but survived.