Shocked mourners in Poland have been flocking to the Presidential Palace in the capital Warsaw to try to grasp the enormity of the country’s loss.
Military chiefs and the governor of Poland’s central bank were among the dozens of dignitaries who perished alongside President Lech Kaczynski in Saturday’s plane crash.
Kaczynski’s coffin arrived home amid an outpouring of grief on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of people lined the route from Warsaw’s military airport to the presidental palace.
The body of his wife Maria is expected to arrive on Tuesday. She will be buried alongside her husband.
The public will be able to pay their respects to the late president from tomorrow until his state funeral on Saturday.
Flags are being flown at half mast, candles are being lit in memory of the 96 victims.
Schools across the country observed a minute’s silence on Monday. Meanwhile church services have been held around the world.
A presidential election will be called before the end of June in line with Poland’s constitution.