Kate and Gerry McCann will today mark the fourth anniversary of their daughter Madeleine’s disappearance privately with family and friends.
The couple are keeping a low profile as Mrs McCann, 43, prepares to publish her account of how the little girl vanished on a family holiday to Portugal in 2007.
Proceeds from the book – which is simply entitled 'Madeleine' and goes on sale on May 12 – will boost their dwindling fund to search for their daughter.
Family spokesman Clarence Mitchell said: “It will be a private day marked with family and friends. The anniversary is normally a very low-key occasion at home for them.”
He added that there were no plans for them to return to Portugal for the sad four-year landmark.
Madeleine was nearly four when she vanished from her family’s holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve on May 3 2007 as her parents dined with friends nearby.
Despite a massive police investigation and huge publicity worldwide, she has not been found.
The official Portuguese inquiry into Madeleine’s disappearance was formally shelved in July 2008, although private detectives employed by the McCanns have continued the search.