HUNDREDS of mourners gathered in Holyrood Park in Edinburgh to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth as her state funeral was played on a huge screen.

Close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse - where her coffin was taken to from Balmoral last week - people watched on as the late monarch was taken to Westminster Abbey for a service attended by 2000 guests from around the world.

The City of Edinburgh Council had warned of travel disruption in the city due to large crowds gathering for the major event.

Many brought camp chairs, picnics and even tents as they joined together. Some sang along with the hymns and when God Save the King played in Westminster Abbey, concluding the service, every person gathered stood to listen.

Queen Elizabeth will be taken to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle this afternoon where a committal service will take place. She will be buried alongside her husband Prince Philip. 

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Among those watching the state funeral on the big screen was Austrian student Emilia Wolfbauer who said she had “goosebumps” when she saw how many people had gathered to watch.

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“Seeing everybody being sad, I got goosebumps," she said.

“It was really touching and very sad."

Yara Skamlett, also 18 and from Austria, said the service was “quite nice” and she enjoyed watching it.

The Austrian students arrived on Sunday for a school trip to the Scottish capital.

Skamlett added: “It’s a very important event and everyone should think about what happened.

“It’s very impressive everybody gathered here to watch it together.”

Another mourner said: “She is the most famous woman in the world.

“No one else’s death will have the same impact.”