A nation in mourning: Poland's president and wife among 97 dead as their plane crashes in Russia
By Mail Foreign Service
Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria have been killed after their plane crashed on approach to Smolensk airport in western Russia.
Some of Poland's most senior government and military figures were also killed in the crash, as the 26-year-old Tupolev came in to land in thick fog.
The latest death toll is now thought to have reached 97.
'A black day for Poland': The death toll included the country's President and wife, its central bank head and the country's military chief along with other senior government and military figures
Officials said there were no survivors on board the plane, which was taking the presidential party from Warsaw to events marking the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn forest of thousands of Polish officers by Soviet secret police.
London-based Polish parish priest Reverend Canon Bronislaw Gostomski was also revealed to have perished in the crash.
More than 400 Polish people attended a Saturday evening service at his parish church St Andrew Bobola in Hammersmith, west London.
The Queen led the British tributes to the President and other victims of the crash.
The Prince of Wales also expressed his sadness, along with Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Tory leader David Cameron.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who personally assumed charge of the investigation, was due to meet Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk later.
A week of national mourning was declared and Mr Tusk called for a two-minute silence to be held tomorrow.
Polish parliamentary speaker Bronislaw Komorowski will act as president and, under the country's constitution, is obliged to announce elections within 14 days.
In pieces: The wreckage of the Polish president's plane lies in woodland near Smolensk airport in Russia