NICOLA Sturgeon has led tributes from Scotland’s political leaders to the Duke of Edinburgh, who has died aged 99.
Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years, died peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.
Parties suspended campaigning for the Holyrood election.
The First Minister sent her “personal and deepest condolences” and those of the Scottish Government and Scottish people to the Queen and her family.
She said: “On behalf of the people of Scotland, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family.
“Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time and their grief is shared by people across the country.
“The Duke of Edinburgh had deep and longstanding ties to Scotland, attending school here at Gordonstoun and regularly holidaying at Balmoral Castle.
“From his patronage of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, to his close association with the University of Edinburgh as Chancellor for over fifty years and his commitments to countless charities and organisations, Prince Philip’s long contribution to public life in Scotland will leave a profound mark on its people.
“Online Books of Condolence will open in the coming days to allow people to pay their respects.
“In line with current restrictions, the Royal Household has requested that members of the public do not leave floral tributes or gather at the Palace of…