First Minister Nicola Sturgeon: 'The Queen was the anchor of our nation'

The First Minister paid tribute to the late monarch ahead of a service at St Giles' Cathedral on Monday.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon pays tribute to the Queen, saying she was ‘the anchor of our nation’ STV News

Nicola Sturgeon has described the Queen as the “anchor of our nation” and someone who “set an exceptional example to each and every one of us”.

The First Minister expressed her condolences with the Royal Family following the death of the Queen on Thursday.

It comes as the Queen’s coffin will be taken from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St Giles’ Cathedral on Monday.

A service will be held at the cathedral, where the Queen will then lie in state.

This evening, the King and the Queen Consort will attend the Scottish Parliament.

They will meet with the First Minister, as well as Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton.

A formal motion of condolence will be tabled by Sturgeon on behalf of the Scottish people at Holyrood.

Sturgeon said that the Scottish Parliament and the nation are in mourning, as she paid tribute to the legacy of the late monarch.

“For countless people – across our country and around the world – this is a moment of profound sadness,” she said.

“We see that in the crowds gathered outside here, at St Giles’ Cathedral and all across Scotland. This Parliament and this nation are in mourning today.

“At the heart of it all, of course, is the sense of loss felt by those who were closest to Her Majesty.

“Our thoughts are with the entire Royal Family and we are honoured by the presence here of His Majesty King Charles III and The Queen Consort.”

The First Minister said that the Queen performed her duties “with dedication and wisdom”.

“In an ever changing world, especially in turbulent times, Her Majesty was the great constant – the anchor of our nation,” said Sturgeon.

“Even towards the end, as her health declined, her genuine love of Scotland and profound sense of public service never faltered.

“She performed her duties with dedication and wisdom, setting an exceptional example to each and every one of us.

“We stand ready to support His Majesty as he continues his own life of service and builds on the extraordinary legacy of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth – the Queen of Scots.”

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