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Think Very Carefully About the Future': Queen Says Her Piece to Scots Hungry for Independence

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Scotland's long ties to the United Kingdom date back more than 300 years.

The queen addresses Parliament in June (Image source: YouTube)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."

The queen addresses Parliament in June (Image source: YouTube) The queen addresses Parliament in June. (Image source: YouTube)

But the popular monarch didn't indicate a preference on how Scots should vote, carefully maintaining the neutrality that is her constitutional obligation.

Still, some may interpret her comments as a suggestion that Scots looking to embrace independence should be cautious about severing Scotland's long ties to the United Kingdom, which date back more than 300 years.

The queen spoke after a Sunday church service near her Balmoral estate in Scotland. She made the comment to a well-wisher in the crowd.

Buckingham Palace recently issued a statement indicating her plan to remain neutral before Thursday's vote.

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