WARSAW Poles queued in the rain for several hours on Wednesday morning to pay respects to the late President Lech Kaczynski and his wife, Maria, whose coffins were displayed at the presidential palace.
The coffins went on public viewing on Tuesday after Kaczynski, his wife and 96 other passengers died in a plane crash on Saturday in western Russia.
"They loved one another so much, it was obvious when they lived and now they lie here together," one mourner said.
On Wednesday morning the line stretched through much of the street to a nearby square and back to the presidential residence where people laid flowers and knelt in front of the coffins covered with Poland's red and white flags.
"We just thought we should be here with our compatriots. It's a historic moment," said another man.
Since Saturday tens of thousands of people have also been lighting candles in front of the palace forcing security to fence the area.
Prime Minister Donald Tusk and members of his government will also hold an honour guard by the coffins for one hour later on Wednesday, local media reported.
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska)