Photostream : Poland holds state funeral for President Lech Kaczynski & Wife

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CHICAGO – APRIL 18: A photo of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria is mounted to the back of an empty horse-drawn hearse during a procession following a funeral mass held to honoring the two and the 94 others killed when their plane crashed last week in Western Russia April 18, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Funerals were held today in Krakow for Kaczynski and his wife. Chicago is home to the world’s largest polish population outside Warsaw.

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CHICAGO – APRIL 18: Polish Catholics march toward Holy Name Cathedral following short funeral masses held to honor Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, and the 94 others killed when their plane crashed last week in Western Russia on April 18, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Funerals were held today in Krakow for Kaczynski and his wife. Chicago is home to the world’s largest polish population outside Warsaw.

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Polish soldiers carry the coffins of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in Krakow, southern Poland. The state funeral for Kaczynski in mostly Roman Catholic Poland began with a Mass at the 13th-century St. Mary’s Basilica. The bodies of the president and his wife are carried in a funeral procession across the Old Town to the historic Wawel Cathedral, where they will be interred. Kaczynski, his wife Maria and other 94 people were killed in a plane crash a week earlier.

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KRAKOW, POLAND – APRIL 18: Soldiers carry during a religious and military procession transports the coffin of late Polish President Lech Kazcynski from the St Mary’s Basilica to the castle Wawel following a memorial service for Kaczynski, his wife Maria killed in the recent Polish presidential plane crash in Smolensk at a memorial service on April 18, 2010 in Krakow, Poland. The president is buried in the Wawel castle. Polish President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and leading members of the Polish military, government and the arts were killed when the presidential plane they were traveling in crashed while attempting to land at Smolensk, Russia, on April 10.

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Late President Lech Kaczynski’s daughter, Marta, is pictured at Wawel Castle in Krakow on April 18, 2010. For Poland’s ex-communist EU allies, getting to the burial of president Lech Kaczynski was about more than protocol, and they took to road and rail as volcanic ash kept many Western leaders away.

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Ewa, granddaughter of late President Lech Kaczynski stands by her mother Marta as officials present their condolences to the family during a funeral ceremony at Wawel Castle in Krakow on April 18, 2010. For Poland’s ex-communist EU allies, getting to the burial of president Lech Kaczynski was about more than protocol, and they took to road and rail as volcanic ash kept many Western leaders away.

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An unidentified official presents his condolences to Ewa, granddaughter of late President Lech Kaczynski next to her mother Marta and great-uncle Jaroslaw Kaczynski during a funeral ceremony at Wawel Castle in Krakow on April 18, 2010. For Poland’s ex-communist EU allies, getting to the burial of president Lech Kaczynski was about more than protocol, and they took to road and rail as volcanic ash kept many Western leaders away.

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Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Odein Ajumogobia (L) presents his condolences to late Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s daughter Marta (C), grand-daughter Ewa, and Lech Kaczynski’s twin brother Jaroslaw Kaczynski (R) at the Wawel castle where the presidential couple will be buried on April 18, 2010 in Krakow. Tens of thousands of grieving Poles packed Krakow Sunday for the burial of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife alongside ancient kings and heroes, though Europe’s air travel crisis kept many world leaders away.

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Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev greets Polish Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz in front of Mariacki Church in Krakow, April 18, 2010. Poland prepared on Sunday to bury President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, killed in a plane crash last weekend, but a volcanic ash cloud over Europe prevented many world leaders from attending.

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Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev (2nd R) and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (3rd R) meet with Polish leadership at Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow, April 18, 2010. Polish and foreign leaders attended a funeral mass on Sunday for PresidentLech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, but a volcanic ash cloud over Europe prevented some overseas guests from joining them.

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Catholic priests conduct the funeral service for the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in the Wawel Cathedral Krakow, Poland Sunday April 18, 2010. Some 150,000 Poles paid their last respects to Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, as the couple were interred Sunday among kings, poets and statesmen in the ancient Wawel Cathedral in a ceremony long on tradition but short on world leaders whose travel plans were wrecked by the enormous plume of volcanic ash that blanketed Europe.

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Relatives and officials attend a funeral service for late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Poland Sunday April 18, 2010. Some 150,000 Poles paid their last respects to Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, as the couple were interred Sunday among kings, poets and statesmen in the ancient Wawel Cathedral in a ceremony long on tradition but short on world leaders whose travel plans were wrecked by the enormous plume of volcanic ash that blanketed Europe.

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Heads of states and government officials attend a funeral service for for the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria in the Wawel Cathedral Krakow, Poland Sunday April 18, 2010. Some 150,000 Poles paid their last respects to Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, as the couple were interred Sunday among kings, poets and statesmen in the ancient Wawel Cathedral in a ceremony long on tradition but short on world leaders whose travel plans were wrecked by the enormous plume of volcanic ash that blanketed Europe.

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A woman enters Wawel Cathedral’s crypt where the coffins of the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria will be laid to rest in Krakow, Poland Sunday April 18, 2010. Some 150,000 Poles paid their last respects to Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, as the couple were interred Sunday among kings, poets and statesmen in the ancient Wawel Cathedral in a ceremony long on tradition but short on world leaders whose travel plans were wrecked by the enormous plume of volcanic ash that blanketed Europe.

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A general view of Wawel Cathedral’s crypt where the coffins of the late Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria will be laid to rest in Krakow, April 18, 2010. Polish and foreign leaders attended a funeral mass on Sunday for President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, but a volcanic ash cloud over Europe prevented some overseas guests from joining them.

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