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."

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Independence plans revealed

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