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The Queen: Enduring love for Scotland unites us all

By Laura Elston

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." The Queen said the outcome of the referendum followed many "months of discussion, debate, and careful thought".

She added: "It is a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect."

She added: "For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions – among family, friends and neighbours.

"That, of course, is the nature of the robust democratic tradition we enjoy in this country. But I have no doubt that these emotions will be tempered by an understanding of the feelings of others."

The Queen pledged to help the country work constructively for the future.

"My family and I will do all we can to help and support you in this important task," she said.

Her statement will be seen as part of the process of reconciliation following the heated debate by both sides during the referendum.

The Queen, who was at Balmoral when she learned that the 307-year-old union of which she was crowned sovereign remained unbroken, remains neutral when it comes to political matters.

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