Thousands of Polish Mourners Pay Respects to Bodies of President and First Lady Kaczynski at Presidential Palace

Thousands of grieving mourners tossed flowers at a slow-moving hearse or joined an enormous viewing line at the presidential palace to pay their respects yesterday to Polish President Lech Kaczynski and his wife as their bodies lay in state.

Kaczynski and his wife, Maria Kaczynska, were among 96 people killed Saturday in a plane crash in western Russia. Investigators are pointing to human error as the cause.

Black-clad mourners holding Polish flags took to the streets in their thousands yesterday to watch the body of the country's First Lady return to lie in state with her dead husband as rumours abounded that the President's twin, Jaroslaw, was poised to step into his brother's shoes.

Thousands of mourners descended on the Polish capital Tuesday to pay their respects to President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, as they lay in state at the presidential palace.