After a week of national mourning, Poland has said a final goodbye to its president.
Tens of thousands of Poles came to Krakow for the requiem mass for Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria.
After the service, their coffins were taken to the historic Wawel Cathedral, to be interred in the crypt.
The couple died when their government plane came down while trying to land at Smolensk in Western Russia last week. 94 other prominent Polish dignitaries were also killed.
The couple’s daughter Marta was joined by Lech Kaczynski’s twin brother, Jaroslaw, their faces marked by grief.
“Our dream about the massacre at Katyn, which President Kasczynski reinforced by going to last week’s memorial, can finally be realised and we will finally get to know the whole truth. We have been given this hope thanks to the words and actions of Russia and her President., who is here in Krakow today.”, Acting President Bronislaw Komorovski told the congregation.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was the most high-ranking foreign dignitary at today’s funeral.
The polish delegation had been on its way to a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of the russian massacre of Polish troops at Katyn.
Many other leaders, including U.S. President Barak Obama were kept away from the service in Krakow’s St Mary’s Basilica by the restrictions on airspace due to Iceland’s volcanic eruption.