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Polish presidential couple`s burial Sunday in Krakow: Report

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 21:05

Warsaw: Polish president Lech Kaczynski and
his wife Maria will be laid to rest Sunday in Wawel castle in
the southern city of Krakow, Poland`s PAP news agency said
on Tuesday, quoting authorities.

The crypt in the castle`s cathedral is the last resting
place of kings from Poland`s past monarchy, as well as the
founding father of the republic, Jozef Pilsudski, who died in
This morning, presidential aide Jacek Sasin told Polish
radio that the burial site had been chosen by the Kaczynskis`
family but he declined to reveal the location.

The Kaczynskis and 94 others, including other senior
Polish politicians and military leaders, perished in an air
crash Saturday in the western Russian city of Smolensk as they
flew to a World War II memorial ceremony.

Kaczynski`s body was brought home Sunday, with tens of
thousands of grief-stricken Poles lining the route from the
airport to the presidential palace.

His wife`s coffin was repatriated today, and the couple
lay in state at the palace in closed caskets, as mourners
filed by to pay their respects.

A national memorial ceremony for all the victims is
scheduled for Saturday in Warsaw.
Also buried in the Wawel cathedral is General Wladyslaw
Sikorski, head of Poland`s World War II-era government in
exile based in London.

Sikorski also perished in a plane crash, dying at
Gibraltar in 1943.


First Published: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 21:05
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