Thursday, August 1, 2013

Queen Elizabeth's World War III Speech From 1983 Revealed

A speech penned by Queen Elizabeth II and her royal staff in
anticipation of World War III has been released by the National
Archives.
The document, which was created in 1983 at the height of the Cold
War, shows that the royal was planning to address the masses and
calm citizens should a possible worst case scenario occur.
"When I spoke to you less than three months ago, we were all
enjoying the warmth and fellowship of a family Christmas," the "final
speech," written by government officials, begins. "The horrors of
war could not have seemed more remote as my family and I shared our
Christmas joy with the growing family of the Commonwealth."
The address was under a 30-year embargo and was only just
released on Wednesday. It appears that at the time, Whitehall
officials had decided it best to draft up a letter just in case a war
broke out between the Soviet Union and the West.
The speech even touched upon the Queen's second eldest son,
Andrew, who was "in action with his unit" in the Royal Navy at that
time.
"…we pray continually for his safety and for the safety of all
servicemen and women at home and overseas," the text continues. "It
is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defense
against the unknown."
"If families remain united and resolute, giving shelter to those living
alone and unprotected, our country's will to survive cannot be
broken."
The 87-year-old speaks about "the madness of war" in her
proposed address to the nation.
"I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister
and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's
inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939," the document includes,
referring to King George VI's World War II speech.
"Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty
would one day fall to me."
Many other historical documents were released from the archives this
week including letters to Margaret Thatcher and information on the
U.K. deploying a laser weapon during the Falklands war.
Culled from E!