Like everyone in Scotland, the UK and indeed the world, I feel a deep sense of sadness at the passing of Her Majesty The Queen.
On behalf of the people of Scotland, I offer my heartfelt and heartfelt condolences to the King, Queen Consort and the entire Royal Family.
There will be many opportunities in the coming days to fully reflect on the Queen’s extraordinary life and service.
For more than 70 years, Queen Elizabeth has been the great constant in our national life.
She inspired us, sometimes comforted us and always personified values that are dear to us.
Throughout her reign, she discharged her duties with exceptional wisdom, devotion and fidelity.
Scotland loved her, respected her and admired her.
And evidently Her Majesty was seldom happier than when she was here in Scotland at her beloved Balmoral – a fact which I have been privileged to witness personally.
I hope it will be a source of comfort to her family that she spent her last days in a place she loved so much.
It is a time of acute loss and deep sadness, it is also a time of enormous significance.
The death of Queen Elizabeth marks the end of an era.
Our nation is in mourning.
My heart and thoughts – and I know those of people across Scotland – are with the Royal Family at this deeply sad time.
“Scotland loved her, respected her and admired her.”
— STV News (@STVNews) September 8, 2022