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Brexit: It's a time to think and contemplate, says Queen

By Staff Reporter

Published 04/07/2016

The Queen and Prince Philip in Edinburgh yesterday
The Queen and Prince Philip in Edinburgh yesterday

The Queen has called for "quiet thinking and contemplation" in her first public address since the EU referendum.

During a weekend speech at the opening of the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament, the monarch acknowledged an "increasingly complex and demanding world" in which "events and developments can and do take place at remarkable speed".

She recognised that "retaining the ability to stay calm and collected can at times be hard", but emphasised the importance of "hope and optimism", adding that the new session of Scottish Parliament was bringing with it "a real sense of renewal".

"One hallmark of leadership in such a fast-moving world is allowing sufficient room for quiet thinking and contemplation which can enable deeper, cooler consideration of how challenges and opportunities can be best addressed," she added.

While the Queen did not allude directly to the EU referendum result, her words have been widely viewed as an apolitical reference to Brexit and the political changes in Britain.

In response to the monarch's speech, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland "should play our part in a stronger Europe and a better world" during a highly political address to the chamber.

The Brexit vote has ignited calls for a new referendum on Scottish independence after 62% of the Scottish population voted for remaining in the EU.

Yesterday the Queen attended a church service in Edinburgh during her week-long visit to Scotland.

Hundreds lined the city's Royal Mile to catch a glimpse of the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh as they visited the Canongate Kirk.

The Queen, who was wearing a matching jacket and hat in cornflower blue, was met by the kirk's minister, the Reverend Neil Gardner.

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