Queen Elizabeth expresses her confidence in Scottish Parliament

Thousands are marching in London today to protest the result of the EU referendum

Queen Elizabeth expresses her confidence in Scottish Parliament

Queen Elizabeth II meets First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. Image: Jane Barlow / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Queen Elizabeth has expressed her confidence in the Scottish Parliament at the opening of the new session at Holyrood.

While the monarch did not make any reference to the Brexit vote that has sent shockwaves through the political system, she will not doubt have had it mind as she referred to the "remarkable speed" at which events can take place.

In such cases she acknowledged "retaining the ability to stay calm and collected can, at times he hard".

But the Queen said a mark of leadership was allowing for "quiet thinking and contemplation" in dealing with challenges.

"As this Parliament has successfully demonstrated over the years, one hallmark of leadership in such a fast moving world is allowing sufficient room for quiet thinking and contemplation, which can enable deeper, cooler consideration of how challenges and opportunities can be best addressed."

The monarch also referred to the devolution of significant new tax and welfare powers to Holyrood.

She added: "I wish you every success as you prepare to take on these extra responsibilities, and I remain confident that you will use the powers at your disposal wisely and continue to serve the interests of all the people of Scotland to the best of your ability."

While the majority of people across the UK backed splitting from Brussels, most voters in Scotland supported Remain and has led to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to state a second independence referendum is "highly likely".

In addition to the Queen's address to MSPs, Ms Sturgeon also made a speech.

The opening ceremony of the fifth session in the Holyrood chamber, forms part of a day of events, including a historic "Riding" procession down Edinburgh's Royal Mile.

Meanwhile, thousands of people are marching through central London to the Houses of Parliament, protesting against the result of the EU referendum.

They want the government to rethink the UK's decision to leave the Union.

More than 4 million people have signed an online petition calling for a second vote.