Along with the Presidential couple’s only daughter, Marta, the whole of Poland feels orphaned in the wake of their deaths.
The coffin bearing Maria Kaczynska now lies in state next to that of her husband Lech Kaczynski, in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.
This is clearly a human tragedy, not a political one.
Outside, the queues stretched for kilometres, as Poles united in grief came to pay their respects:
“We have been left alone, orphaned. This is a one-off, it can never happen again. This good man has been taken away by God. I don’t know what to say, its difficult,” said one mourner.
“I am grieving for the Presidential couple. They were true Poles, it gives me the shivers, I can’t find the words,” added another.
The presidential couple will be interred on Sunday, in the church adjoining the royal castle of Wawel in Cracow. It is the symbolic resting place of Poland’s Kings, Queens and national heroes.