The state funeral of Kim Jong-il has started in Pyongyang.

Kim Jong-un, son of the deceased leader, led the procession by walking alongside the hearse which carried the body of his father.

Official television footage showed thousands of people including uniformed soldiers and citizens weeping beside the body of Kim Jong-il at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.

Kim died of a heart attack on December 17.

Here are the pictures of the people mourning the loss of the "Dear Leader", ahead of the state funeral: