ALEX SALMOND went ahead with a meeting with the Queen just days after announcing he would step down as Scotland’s First Minister.
Mr Salmond, who is also to quit as SNP leader in the wake of the result of last week’s independence referendum, travelled to Balmoral for the engagement.
A spokesman for the Scottish Government said the meeting had been scheduled before the referendum and was due to take place “whatever the result”.
He said: “The First Minister was received in an audience at Balmoral, at the invitation of Her Majesty.
“This was a planned engagement for after the referendum, whatever the result. The First Minister has not yet formally resigned as the First Minister of Scotland, but will do so once a new SNP leader is elected.”