Poland holds state funeral for President Lech Kaczynski





The state funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria has been held in Krakow, with thousands gathering in the city to pay respects.

A funeral Mass was held in St Mary's Basilica and a procession later took the coffins to be buried in a crypt of the historic Wawel Cathedral.

Many world leaders could not attend due to volcanic ash grounding flights.

The coffins were then taken in a gun-carriage procession through Krakow and on to the walled castle and cathedral at Wawel for a 21-gun salute and the burial.

Thousands lined the streets, waving flags, applauding and chanting: "Lech Kaczynski! We thank you!"

The Krakow ceremonies were for family, friends and international dignitaries but were shown on screens across the city.


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