The Earl and Countess of Wessex share a joke at the official opening of the British Uk21 Festival in Krakow
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Sophie and Edward admire an elaborate light fitting in the chapel of the world's oldest salt mine
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5 NOVEMBER 2004

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Prince Edward and his wife Sophie have hardly had time to catch their breath this week on their busy four-day visit to Poland.

Beginning their trip with a Warsaw meeting with country's President Aleksander Kwasniewski, they went on to attend a ceremony honouring allied airmen who died during the city's uprising against the Nazis in 1944. They later met with children in the Polish capital.

Then it was on to Krakow where Prince Edward got a serious work-out as he climbed the 239 steps up the tower of the city's famous cathedral. From here the pair were whisked off to open the British Uk21 Festival, a five-day event aimed at promoting British and Polish relations.

The official visit came to a close on Thursday with the Earl and Countess of Wessex paying a visit to the world's oldest salt mine in the medieval town of Wieliczka.

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