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Diamond Jubilee debate

First Minister Alex Salmond told MSPs he had the "highest praise" for the Queen during a debate on the Diamond Jubilee on 30 May 2012.

Mr Salmond said he had respect, admiration and gratitude for her service and impartiality: "she has always been a friend of Scotland, indeed she is more than that she is family".

The first minister listed "gifts from the people of Scotland".

These include a commemorative garden at Holyrood Palace commissioned by Historic Scotland, a free app highlighting some of the most significant events of 60 years of the Queen in Scotland, the Scottish Parliament will present the Queen with a visual record of her visits to the parliament and a special donation to Veteran Scotland in recognition of the Queen's special bond with the armed forces.

Johann Lamont MSP said: "Her majesty has been a constant at the head of the state while everything else has changed".

The Scottish Labour leader noted that: "Scotland too has a deep affection for the Queen".

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said the Queen had worked tirelessly to promote ideals throughout the Commonwealth, in 54 independent states and in her leadership role to two billion people: "democracy, freedom, peace, the rule of law and opportunity to all".

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie commended the appropriate and well chosen gifts from the Scottish people.

Mr Rennie said it was right for the Scottish Parliament to mark and appreciate the service of Her Majesty: "the Queen brings more to public life than people could ever expect".

Scottish Greens co-convener Patrick Harvie acknowledged the dedication of the Queen to her role but said any debate on the future of Scotland it was legitimate and it was necessary to debate how a head of state would be appointed in an independent Scotland.


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