THE Queen’s funeral will be a “final and poignant goodbye” to the late monarch, Nicola Sturgeon has said. 

The First Minister is attending the ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London along with a raft of other world leaders.

Sturgeon described the event as “one of the most momentous occasions in recent history”. 

READ MORE: Scotland set to come to standstill for Queen's funeral

The service is the culmination of 10 days of events to commemorate the Queen’s life, the early portion of which took place in Scotland including her coffin lying in state in St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. 

Sturgeon said: “The state funeral for Her Majesty will be one of the most momentous occasions in recent history, with people from around the world watching and paying their respect.

“She was the great constant and it is an honour to represent Scotland at the service.”

She added: “As the Queen is laid to rest, it gives us a chance to reflect on the events of the past 10 days which have provided a sincere, solemn and fitting tribute to our longest-reigning monarch. 

READ MORE: Here's what's closed in Scotland for the Queen's funeral

“We knew how important Scotland was to the Queen and, over recent days, we have been reminded just how much Her Majesty meant to the people of Scotland.

“I am sure the ceremonial events in Edinburgh will live long in our national memory and today we will all bid a final and poignant goodbye to a deeply respected and much-loved monarch.”