The official Instagram account of the royal family posted a picture Saturday of the Queen leading a group of political leaders on her way to open the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
“We all live and work in an increasingly complex and demanding world, where events and developments can, and do, take place at remarkable speed; and retaining the ability to stay calm and collected can at times be hard,” reads the photo’s caption, quoting the queen’s speech at the opening of the Parliament.
“As [the Scottish Parliament] has successfully demonstrated over the years, one hallmark of leadership in such a fast-moving world is allowing sufficient room for quiet thinking and contemplation, which can enable deeper, cooler consideration of how challenges and opportunities can be best addressed.”
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In the vote over whether the U.K. should remain in or leave the European Union, the majority of U.K. residents called for an exit. However Scots voted resoundingly to stay. After the results were confirmed, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland would likely seek independence from the U.K. if it could join the EU in Britain’s place.
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“It is a statement of the obvious that the option of a second independence referendum must be on the table and it is on the table,” Sturgeon said. “As things stand, Scotland faces the prospect of being taken out of the EU against her will. I regard that as democratically unacceptable.”
This is Scotland’s second call for independence this decade: In 2014, a referendum calling for the U.K.’s northernmost country to leave the union narrowly failed, preserving for the time being Scotland’s status as a member of the queen’s kingdom.