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Scotland's front pages: Birthday celebrations and comedy queen dies

Scotland is facing a renewed battle over its constitutional future after Nicola Sturgeon said she would "succeed" in making the case for a second referendum in the next five years, writes The Scotsman.

The National also says Nicola Sturgeon is confident she can persuade a majority of people in Scotland to support independence, following her speech at the SNP's manifesto launch yesterday.

The Herald reports on a defamation action against the moderator of a Strathaven Facebook page over claims surrounding the purchase of a mansion by former Labour minister Andrew Kerr.

The Times says that plans are being drawn up for a radical change in the way the Queen arrives for the state opening of parliament to take account of her advancing years.

The Scottish Daily Mail devotes much of its front page to a newly released portrait of the Queen, who is marking her 90th birthday, and her great grandchildren. The paper says "it is a portrait not only of a monarch, but of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother too."

The Daily Record features the same picture and says the Queen will celebrate her milestone birthday surrounded by the youngest members of the royal family.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has congratulated the Queen on her 90th birthday and spoken of the monarch's "incredible bond" with Scotland, on the front of the Scottish Daily Express.

Like many of today's papers, The Scottish Sun features an image of "comedy queen" Victoria Wood, who has died of cancer. The paper says she bravely laughed until the end - joking with her children hours before she passed away, aged 62.

The Daily Star of Scotland quotes the comedian's stage partner Julie Walters, who said "her loss is incalculable".

The Press and Journal reports how undercover police have been patrolling a city centre park in Aberdeen where two sex attacks took place within weeks of each other.

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