Queen Elizabeth: 'My family and I will do all we can to help' following referendum

by hellomagazine.com Queen Elizabeth II has offered a statement following Thursday's Scottish referendum.

"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", the statement read.

The Better Together campaign won the vote, which asked Scottish residents to decide whether to leave the United Kingdom, with 55% of voters choosing to remain.


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Referencing the at times vocal and argumentative debates that took place across the Isles, the Queen 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."

Celebrities took to Twitter in the days leading up to the vote to show their support for each campaign, and on Friday Harry Potter author JK Rowling revealed that she had been on tenterhooks throughout Thursday night as she waited for the results of the vote to come in.

"#indyref Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud," wrote the 49-year-old, who had previously donated £1m to the campaign against Scottish independence.

The British monarch also revealed the royal family will "do all we can to help" as Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom move forward.
 
The Queen's message following Scotland's referendum

 

    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 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. 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.

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