She described the Queen as a “great constant” in an “ever-changing world, especially in turbulent times”. The First Minister also spoke about the Queen’s “genuine love of Scotland” and her “profound sense of public service”, which Ms Sturgeon said “never faltered”. Her comments came ahead of tributes to Elizabeth II at a special sitting of the Scottish Parliament later today.
All business at the Scottish Parliament was suspended last week following the announcement of the Queen’s death.
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at Balmoral Castle aged 96.
King Charles III will be in Holyrood with Camilla to hear tributes from Ms Sturgeon and the other party leaders in the Motion of Condolence.
This is set to take place after a service of prayer and reflection for the life of the Queen at the nearby St Giles’ Cathedral.
The Queen’s body will then lie in rest at St Giles’.
Thousands of people in Scotland are expected to visit the Cathedral to pay their final respects.