Published 10 April 2010

It is with the deepest sorrow that I have learnt of the death of President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Madame Kaczynska.

On this sad occasion I recall President Kaczynski's long and distinguished public service and his role in the Solidarity movement.

The deaths of many other of Poland's leading figures, including former President in Exile Kaczorowski, only serve to deepen this tragedy.

I send my deepest sympathy to you and to the whole Polish nation.

ELIZABETH R