Queen Hails 'Democratic Tradition'

The Queen has hailed the country's "robust democratic tradition" and said she has no doubt the Scottish people and the rest of the UK will "work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country".

The monarch issued a written statement in response to Scotland's rejection of independence, from Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire where she has been staying.

The Queen said: "Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is one of the things that helps to unite us all.

"Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country."

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