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The state funeral of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife has begun, with thousands of people gathered in the city of Krakow to pay respects. After a funeral Mass, the couple will be buried in Wawel Cathedral, resting place of kings and national heroes. Ninety-six people died eight days ago when their plane crashed in fog as they flew to attend a ceremony in Russia. Many world leaders cannot attend the funeral because flights have been grounded by Icelandic volcanic ash. However, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev flew to Krakow despite air travel restrictions.