The queen's visit to Scotland for Holyrood week comes as the country's first minister moves on with her bid to hold an independence referendum.
Prince Harry and Prince William have both been accused of getting involved in politics—here's how their controversial interventions match up.
Queen Elizabeth II was famously said to have "purred" when Scotland last voted against independence—but a new drive to break up the union has left all eyes on the royal family.
Prince William has been accused of getting 'involved in the Scottish constitutional debate' on independence—when royal convention demands strict political neutrality.
Ahead of parliamentary elections in Scotland this week, support for independence has waivered amid the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.
Amid calls for a new independence referendum, experts tell Newsweek Queen Elizabeth II does not want the break up of the United Kingdom because the royals have "Scotland in their souls."
Here are five key takeaways as U.K. politics enters an period of extraordinary uncertainty.
If Theresa May gets a good Conservative result in Scotland, she may well claim the case for an independence vote has been weakened.
Prime minister criticizes Britain's Theresa May for standing in the way of a new independence referendum.
'Right now we should be working together, not pulling apart,' May said.
Sturgeon said it was unlikely Scotland could get what it wanted from Brexit talks within the U.K.
Scotland's First Minister has warned another independence vote may be "inevitable."
The Supreme Court ruled that Edinburgh's devolved assembly did not need to be consulted on triggering Brexit.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had hoped to use the Brexit vote to bolster support for Scottish independence.
Scotland's fiscal deficit is much worse than the U.K. as a whole.
There are fears about how the banks are going to keep their main European HQs in London.
Nicola Sturgeon may have to take Scottish independence off the table to get a deal with the EU.
Scotland voted overwhelmingly for the U.K. to stay in the EU.
Nicola Sturgeon said it was "unacceptable" for Scotland to be taken out of EU "against its will."
The former Scottish first minister also urged the "Remain" campaign to be less "negative."
Scots, who voted against independence in 2014, are more likely to vote to stay in the European Union, polls show.
No other politician ranks in the top 20.
A new survey back up the ruling Scottish National Party's argument.
The messages: Don't deny Scotland a second independence referendum, and don't take Britain out of the EU.
Polls suggest Scottish National Party could form third biggest party in UK Parliament after May 7 election.
The SNP have accused Ukip of intolerance after their chairman warned the SNP is returning to '1930s fascism'