Polish politicians met today for a special session of parliament to honour the 96 victims of last week’s plane crash.
The late president’s twin brother, Jaroslaw, cut a lonely figure at the front of the chamber.
The legacy of the lost elite now weighs heavily upon the shoulders of those left behind.
For many, the empty seats of their fallen colleagues was too much to bear.
In a bid to stem uncertainty surrounding Poland’s political future, acting-president Boronislaw Komorowski has promised to set a date for early elections on Wednesday.
Prior to the tragedy he was favourite to succeed Kaczynski as president.
Speculation is now mounting whether Kaczynski’s twin, Jaroslaw, a former prime minister, will emerge as a frontrunner.
The pair founded the Law and Justice Party in 2001.