Thousands of independence supporters marched through the streets of Scotland’s capital city.

Organisers of All Under One Banner (AUOB) event in Edinburgh confirmed that Saturday’s demonstration was the biggest one yet, estimating that over 200,000 people took part.

Men, women, children and pets were draped in Saltires, waving flags, bagpipes and ‘Yes’ banners as they walked from Holyrood Park to the Meadows.

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was absent during the march but took to Twitter to tell supporters that she was there ‘in spirit’.

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She said: “Good luck to everyone marching for independence in Edinburgh later. I’m not able to be there in person today, but I will be with you in spirit.

“Have a great day. And be in no doubt - independence is coming. #indyref.”

Those who took part in the march were met with a small counter protest that carried Union Jack flags. There was a heavy police presence on the Royal Mile as they walked by and no one was hurt.

AUOB organisers printed 30,000 new flyers for the event and 300 Yes Bikers lead the march with bagpipers in tow.

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SNP MP Joanna Cherry spoke to the massive crowd that gathered in the Meadows after the march.

She said: “Independence is coming soon.

In the current form of British politics, it’s hard just to see when and where the opportunity will arise, but it will arise, and we have to be ready for it.

“So, my question to you today is are you ready? You look pretty ready to me.”

Although Scots voted to stay part of the UK by 55% to 45% in the 2014 referendum, latest poll figures suggest that support for independence rises to 52% for and 48% against.