Maddie McCann’s parents mark missing daughter's 16th birthday with presents in 'untouched' bedroom

Mail Online | 5/11/2019 | Tracey Kandohla For Mailonline
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Madeleine McCann's parents Kate and Gerry are set to mark her 16th birthday with a low-key party and a commemorative cake her siblings will blow out for her.

Former GP Kate, 51, now a medical worker, has carefully chosen gifts to reflect the milestone - as she has done every year since she vanished in 2007.

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She has placed them along with messages of support in her daughter's pretty pink bedroom at their home in Rothley, Leicestershire, which is believed to have remained untouched since she was abducted.

With no evidence Maddie is dead, the family remain hopeful that eventually she will return home and open them.

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Ahead of the significant birthday, they declared: 'She should be here and we should be celebrating with her.'

At Sunday's gathering, Kate and eminent heart doctor husband Gerry, 50, will pray for their daughter's safe return.

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Along with their 14-year-old twins Sean and Amelie, they will also blow out candles on a commemorative cake for her.

A family friend said: 'Kate and Gerry are planning a get together with a few friends and family to remember Madeleine on her very special birthday.

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'There will be prayers and quiet reflection but also a cake and presents to mark her turning 16, a significant age.

'It's a poignant time for the family and comes just days after the 12th anniversary but they remain hopeful and vow to never to give up the search.'

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Kate has previously spoken about Maddie's birthday - her toughest day on the calendar and 'a difficult time because that's when you really feel her absence'.

She revealed: 'I do all the present buying. I think about what age she is and buy something that, whenever we find her, will still be appropriate so there's a lot of thought goes into it.'

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