Queen cautious of engaging in row with SNP as royals grip ‘politically loaded’ topic

Queen 'firm believer' in the UK union says expert

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Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams insisted the Union of the United Kingdom is very important to the Queen. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Fitzwilliams added the Queen is aware that this is a politically loaded topic. Prince William and Kate have previously been caught in a clash with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon as the pair plan to boost support for the union.

Mr Fitzwilliams has also noted the Royal Family has a duty to remain neutral on all political issues.

Prince William and Kate have previously been caught in a clash with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon as the pair plan to boost support for the union.

Mr Fitzwilliams said: “It is called Holyrood week and this is time the Queen always spends in Scotland.

“This is going to be continuous, it is part of an effort over months and years, it is not linked to a particular week but that week is important symbolically of course.

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“There is no doubt at all that on the issue of the Union, the Queen is a fervent believer in the Union.

“She made that clear in 1977 in her speech during her Silver Jubilee.”

The royal expert noted that the Queen is aware of how divisive the topic of an independent Scotland is, however.

Mr Fitzwilliams continued: “The Queen knows how politically loaded this topic is.

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“This is very important and we have seen Prince William and Kate have two visits to Scotland.

“Both of them were successful but the first one on the royal train was somewhat controversial due to the way the politicians behaved in Scotland.”

The Queen and the Royal Family have been praised for helping shift opinions regarding the Union in Scotland.

A new survey has indicated that more Scots want to remain in the Union, than not, at this time.

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The Panelbase survey, for the Sunday Times, concluded 52 percent of Scots back the union once “don’t knows” are excluded.

This is the lowest support for independence has been in a Panelbase poll since 2019.

In further good news for unionists just 22 percent of Scots think the country will leave the UK in the next five years, a fall of eight percent.

Only 35 percent of Scots want another referendum in the next 2-5 years, with 46 percent against holding one over the next year.

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