14 April 2010

King Harald V to attend President Lech Kaczynski's funeral

The Norwegian Royal Court has confirmed that King Harald V will attend the funeral of President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria on Sunday 18 April 2010 in Krakow.

President Kaczynski and his wife were together with other Polish top officials killed in a plane crash in Russia last Saturday, 10 April 2010.

According to the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, KPRM, a special requiem mass to commemorate the presidential couple will be held at St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow. After the ceremony the funeral procession will proceed to Wawel and the presidential couple's bodies will be laid in the Wavel crypt.

King Harald's participation in Krakow means that he will not be able to attend the reopening of Oslo Domkirke (Oslo Cathedral) together with Queen Sonja and the Crown Prince couple as originally planned. The cathedral was closed in 2006 to undergo a most needed renovation.

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