Queen Tells Scotland: Think Very Carefully

The Queen made the comments to memebers of the public waiting outside Crathie Church Photo: DONALD STEWART
The Queen made the comments to memebers of the public waiting outside Crathie Church Photo: DONALD STEWART

In a dramatic and unusual intervention the Queen spoke to members of the public waiting outside Crathie Church

The Queen has made a dramatic and highly unusual intervention in the referendum debate to urge voters to think “very carefully” before they vote on Thursday.

The comment, to members of the public waiting outside Crathie Church, appeared to be a deliberate move on her part.

She normally walks in and out of the small church from her car, while on holiday at nearby Balmoral Castle, without talking to bystanders.

But before she left the kirk on Sunday, a police sergeant invited members of the press waiting 200 yards away to come up to the church to see the royal party depart.

The Queen was photographed saying something to a small group of three four Scots, and a similar number of English visitors, in the crowd.

She is understood to have remarked that “you have an important vote on Thursday”, before adding: “I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week”.

It is the first time she has commented on the independence debate and follows appeals from some politicians for her to make her feelings known.

Asked what the Queen had said to the group, a woman who asked not to be named, replied: “She was lovely and said she hoped everybody would think very carefully about the referendum this week”.

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Source: Telegraph UK |