Paper states Scotland would keep the Queen as monarch

While a Yes vote in next year's referendum would end the political union between Scotland and England, the paper stresses that the Union of the Crowns - which dates back to 1603 - would continue and Scotland would keep the Queen as its monarch upon independence.

"On independence, Scotland will be a constitutional monarchy," it says. "On independence in 2016 Her Majesty the Queen will be head of state."


Independence plans revealed

Details on the launch of the SNP's White Paper on Scottish Independence.