In case of World War III, the Queen has a secret speech prepared.
During one of the most intense periods of the Cold War, the monarch was ready to address the nation in the event of a nuclear conflict.
Does the Queen have a secret speech prepared for World War III?
The speech, concocted by Whitehall officials but never recorded, was made public by the government. according to the 30 year rule.
It was drawn up as part of a military exercise in the spring of 1983, during which possible scenarios were evaluated and prepared.
The script was written to be broadcast by the Queen at noon on Friday, March 4, 1983, to prepare the country for the Third World War.
The script for the hypothetical broadcast indicates that Queen Elizabeth would describe the threat to our “brave country” as “greater” than any other in history.
It also pays tribute to the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, who was in the Royal Navy at the time.
Questions surrounding a possible World War III speech arise when Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to move troops across Ukraine’s Russian border.
The health minister told Sky News the West is “waking up to a very dark day in Europe”, adding that “the invasion of Ukraine has begun” and the UK will now impose additional sanctions on Russia.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on January 21 and chaired the COBRA emergency committee the next day.
Officials have warned that an escalation in the crisis could lead to the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians and triggering a significant refugee crisis in Europe.
General Sir Richard Sherriff, former NATO commander in the UK, said: “This is the most dangerous moment in Europe, probably since at least 1962 and the Cuban Missile Crisis.”
What would Queen Elizabeth say in her speech?
It explains that “the horrors of war could not have seemed more distant as my family and I shared our Christmas joy with the growing Commonwealth family.”
The message continues: “Now this madness of war is once again spreading throughout the world, and our brave country must again prepare to survive despite great difficulties.
“I will never forget the sadness and pride that I felt when my sister and I crowded around the children’s radio, listening to the voice of my father. [George VI’s] inspirational words on that fateful day in 1939 [at the start of World War II].
“Not for a moment could I imagine that this solemn and terrible duty would one day fall upon me.
“But whatever horrors lie in wait for all of us, the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice during this sad century will once again become our strength.
“My husband and I share with families all over the earth the fear we have for the sons and daughters, husbands and brothers who have left us to serve their country.
“My beloved son Andrew is currently in combat with his unit and we are constantly praying for his safety and for the safety of all service members at home and abroad.
“It is this close bond of family life that should be our greatest defense against the unknown.
“If families remain united and determined, providing shelter for those who live alone and without protection, our country’s will to survive cannot be broken.”
It concludes by saying that the Queen’s message to the nation was “simple” and adds: “As we strive together to fight this new evil, let’s pray for our country and people of good will wherever they may be.” God bless you”.
Why was the speech prepared?
At this time, tensions reigned between the Soviet Union and the United States.
On August 30, 1983, Soviet fighter jets intercepted a Korean Airlines passenger flight in Russian airspace and shot it down, killing all 269 people on board.
Two months later, nuclear war with the Soviet Union nearly broke out when NATO’s annual military exercise, codenamed Able Archer, was seen as a real attack.
As the Cold War came to an end, the Soviet Union and the United States later agreed to reduce the number of nuclear weapons.