The sovereign’s role is to be above politics, such is the beauty of a constitutional monarchy. However, it’s clear that next Thursday’s vote to determine whether or not Scotland gains independence from the UK is weighing heavily on Her Majesty’s mind.
According to the Daily Record, the Queen broke her silence on the matter this morning after attending a service at Crathie Church. Outside, Her Majesty greeted well-wishers and spoke briefly about September 18th. “I hope everybody thinks very carefully about the referendum this week,” she was overheard saying.
Buckingham Palace has refused to address Her Majesty’s opinion on the referendum, but it’s thought by many that she’d prefer to keep Scotland as part of the UK.Related: 6 Things To Know About The Scottish Referendum
According to the Record, the Queen was joined at the church service by her husband, Prince Philip, her sons, Princes Charles and Andrew, and Prince William (no sign of Kate and whether or not she joined William, is at her mother’s house in Bucklebury, or is back at Kensington Palace). According to Hello!, Kate will decide by mid-week whether or not she’s well enough to go ahead with her trip to Malta. If not, then it’s believed William will go in her place.
Prince Harry has been at the Invictus Games in London, preparing for tonight’s closing ceremony.
I was particularly intrigued by royal reporter Phil Dampier‘s opinion on the Queen’s comments, especially since today she allowed the press to listen to her conversations with well-wishers (usually they are kept at a safe distance to avoid soundbites such as this).
The Queen will literally be heartbroken if it’s yes. She knew what she was doing and will secretly be delighted if her comment is front page
— phil dampier (@phildampier) September 14, 2014