Google doodle celebrates St Andrew's Day


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Today is Scotland's national day, otherwise known as St Andrew's day.

This fact is being celebrated by online search engine Google which has changed its UK homepage to show a lion leaning against Hadrian's Wall surrounded by thistles - Scotland's national flower.

Today St Andrew's day was marked by Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond during a visit to Lochgelly Primary School in Fife.

Salmond hailed Scotland's "greatest invention" universal education.

He said: "St Andrew's Day is a very special day in Scotland. A day when we celebrate Scotland's history, our people, our culture, but above all a celebration of our people."

Prime Minister David Cameron has also marked the occasion by saying: "For centuries, Scotland's greatest asset and greatest export has been its people."

"Scots have helped bring peace and security to nations, made some of the world's greatest inventions and been at the forefront of international trade in every continent."

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