It is a sad fact of history that the nation of Poland seems to have a long record of tragedy and heartache and recently this was seen again with the plane crash at Smolensk, Russia which took the lives of all 96 people on board including the President of the Polish Republic Lech Kaczynski. Among those royals who have expressed their sorrow over the event to the Polish government are Queen Elizabeth II, King Harald V, Grand Duke Henri, Queen Beatrix and King Juan Carlos. As regular readers will know HRH the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall only recently toured Eastern Europe and spent quite a bit of time in Poland with the President and First Lady. The Prince said that he and the Duchess were "shocked and deeply upset". The Mad Monarchist sends prayers and condolences to families involved and all the people of the long suffering nation of Poland. May all those who died be granted eternal rest and may they rest in peace.