Queen hopes Scottish voters 'think carefully' before vote

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Philip (L) and eldest son Prince Charles (R) attend the Braemar Gathering in central Scotland, on September 6, 2014Queen Elizabeth II hopes Scotland will “think very carefully” about their decision on whether to become an independent country in a closely-watched referendum, British media reported on Sunday. The queen was reported to say to a well-wisher “I hope people will think very carefully about the future,” after attending a church service near her Balmoral estate in Scotland. Polls show the campaigns for and against independence are neck-and-neck, and both sides have thrown efforts into a final drive to win over undecided voters. The pro-independence Scottish National Party has said that if the country becomes independent it will be up to voters whether to retain the monarchy or not.

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