Edinburgh welcomes Elizabeth II, 'Queen of Scots'

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Posted: Jul 01, 2011 8:31 AM
Edinburgh welcomes Elizabeth II, 'Queen of Scots'

Scotland's independence-minded legislature has welcomed British sovereign Elizabeth II as the "Queen of Scots."

The queen was with her husband Prince Philip to officially open the fourth session of the Scottish Parliament, which handles much of the country's domestic affairs.

Although part of the United Kingdom, Scots have their own government and judicial system.

A majority of the country's parliamentarians belong to Scottish National Party, which is pressing for full independence from the rest of the United Kingdom _ though the party would still keep Elizabeth as head of state.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond addressed the monarch as "Queen of Scots" Friday, making pointed references to his country's past as an independent nation.