The first funeral of the 28 victims who died in last week’s Swiss bus crash has been held in the Belgian town of Lommel.
Thirty-eight-year-old teaching assistant Veerle Vanheukelom was amongst sixteen other people from the ‘t Stekske school who were killed as their bus returned from an Alpine skiing holiday.
The remaining memorial services will be held later on Wednesday, which will be attended by the Belgian king and queen.
Swiss Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter will also take part.
He said he wanted to be present to show Switzerland’s sympathy for what has happened and that the tragedy had touched his country.
The other Belgian town affected by the crash, Heverlee, will hold funeral services on Thursday.
Seven child victims and two adults from the St Lambertus school near Leuven lost their lives in the crash.