“This truly remarkable lady has transcended public life since the Second World War. Her passing is a great moment of sadness for her family and for people around the world.
“My audiences with her were extensive and free-wheeling, with no subject out of bounds. She had a great love of Scotland and enormous regard for her people.
“The best gift I offered her on behalf of Scots was at the Diamond Jubilee, when I presented her with a complete digitalisation of the 1911 census record of Balmoral Estate, which she pored over excitedly, recognising many of the names from her childhood.
“In turn I suspect that of all her 15 Prime Ministers and 15 First Ministers in her record breaking reign, I was the only one to whom she shared her racing tips – and very successful they were too.
“All that remains is to wish Elizabeth Queen of Scots in her passing a sunny day with the going good.”