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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Battle of Britain Fighter Association Service of thanksgiving and rededication at Westminster Abbey on September 21, 2014 in London, England.

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Scottish referendum: What Act Two could hold - in 60 secs

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after decisively rejecting independence, with First Minister Alex Salmond resigning as a result. But the stage is still set for change, not just for Scotland, but for the rest of the UK. The BBC examines how - in 60 seconds.

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September 19, 2014

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.

ELIZABETH R.

(Source: royal.gov.uk)

September 19, 2014

Scottish referendum: 60 sec after result was announced #BBCTrending

At 6:11am Scotland found out the result of its independence referendum. It triggered an outpouring of elation and despair on social media.
Video journalist: Neil Meads

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September 19, 2014

Scotland votes ‘NO’ to independence

Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence.

With the results in from all 32 council areas, the “No” side won with 2,001,926 votes over 1,617,989 for “Yes”.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond called for unity and urged the unionist parties to deliver on more powers.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was delighted the UK would remain together and said the commitments on extra powers would be honoured.

Mr Cameron said the three main unionist parties at Westminster would now follow through with their pledge of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

"We will ensure that those commitments are honoured in full," he said.

Results graphic

Royal relief

Royal correspondent Nick Witchell at Balmoral

Balmoral seems very remote and cut off but of course the Royal Family has been following this minutely.

Reaction - one word, relief. Relief that’s it’s over, relief that Scotland has decided what it has.

The Queen undoubtedly, privately would have felt immense sadness had the United Kingdom been split up.

Relief too for her officials who had been starting to contemplate some very tricky constitutional issues.

Once all the politicians have said what they wish to say, I think this afternoon it is expected that the Queen will issue a short written statement.

It seems logical to surmise that after this really quite divisive campaign she will concentrate on the vote, the decision that Scotland has taken, and express the hope that Scotland will now move on.

(Source: BBC)

September 17, 2014

Gordon Brown’s Better Together speech the day before the Scottish referendum

This is the best speech of the whole campaign.

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Scottish friends,

In the words of the Queen ‘Please think very carefully’ before voting tomorrow.

And while you do consider this:

The Security that we have from the British forces.

The financial protection that the Union guarantees.

The friendly atmosphere that Scotland has had up until the now.

I don’t wan’t this country to be broken up, and whatever the differences, neither should you, because whatever Salmond promises about a fairer society - I think we can see that will not be the case.

Please, for the country’s sake, vote No.

(Source: thebritishnobility)

Panorama, Scotland’s Decision

Allan Little explores what has happened in the past four decades to transform the question of Scottish independence and how it has come to dominate British politics.

(Source: BBC)

September 15, 2014

Queen hopes Scots ‘think very carefully’ about vote

The Queen has urged Scottish voters to “think very carefully” before casting their ballots in Thursday’s referendum.

She was heard making the off-camera remarks to members of the public during a visit to Crathie Church in Aberdeenshire.

The Telegraph newspaper said it understood the monarch had told the small crowd:

You have an important vote on Thursday.

I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week.

– THE QUEEN

It is thought to be her first public comment on the issue of Scottish independence.

(Source: thebritishnobility)

September 15, 2014

Happy Birthday to Prince Harry!

Happy 30th Birthday to His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales.

Prince Harry

(Source: thebritishnobility)