The Referendum on Scottish Independence has officially come to a close, and the results show that 55% of the Scottish people have voted to stay a part of the United Kingdom.
The Referendum has seen many different celebrities, both Scottish and English, come forward in support of one side or the other. Sean Connery, a native Scotsman, had been trumpeting the glories of Scottish independence, while other celebs, such as JK Rowling, went so far as to donate money to the cause of keeping Scotland a part of the UK.
For obvious reasons, the Queen of England has remained silent on the issue of Scottish independence.
Her word carries more weight with the people of the isles than anyone else’s, and the Queen, it seems, wanted to see what the people of Scotland would decide for themselves.
Following the announcement of the decision, the Queen released this statement:
“After many months of discussion, debate, and careful thought, we now know the outcome of the Referendum, and it is a result that all of us throughout the United Kingdom will respect. For many in Scotland and elsewhere today, there will be strong feelings and contrasting emotions – among family, friends and neighbors. 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. 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. My family and I will do all we can to help and support you in this important task.”