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How the Queen would have announced World War III

Queen’s 1983 draft speech for nuclear war released


 

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If Russia ever made good on its threats to launch nuclear missiles, Queen Elizabeth II was prepared with a speech.

A draft of a speech for the Queen from 1983 was released Thursday by the National Archives, under a British law that requires government documents to be made public after 30 years.

The speech was part of a 320-page war games scenario conducted by British intelligence and defence staff as tensions between the West and Russia were high. The exercise was given the code name Wintex-Cimex 83.

Here’s the full text of a speech which was, fortunately, not delivered. For the record:

When I spoke to you less than three months ago we were all enjoying the warmth and fellowship of a family Christmas. Our thoughts were concentrated on the strong links that bind each generation to the ones that came before and those that will follow. 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.

Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds.
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. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.
We all know that the dangers facing us today are greater by far than at any time in our long history. The enemy is not the soldier with his rifle nor even the airman prowling the skies above our cities and towns but the deadly power of abused technology.

But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all the qualities that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.

My husband and I share with families up and down the land the fear we feel for sons and daughters, husbands and brothers who have left our side to serve their country. My beloved son Andrew is at this moment in action with his unit and we pray continually for his safety and for the safety of all servicemen and women at home and overseas.

It is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defence 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.

My message to you therefore is simple. Help those who cannot help themselves, give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it.

As we strive together to fight off the new evil let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be.

God bless you all.


 

How the Queen would have announced World War III

  1. Hah….if the USSR had launched nukes there wouldn’t have been any time for speeches. Wouldn’t have been any Queen either.

    • You’re just a bundle of joy, as always.

      • ??????? I’m definitely joyful … we gave it a pass

    • Still rooting for the Commies, I see. Typical Liberal.

      • LOL still lying I see. Typical Con.

        • You’ve said before that you wish the Russians had won the Cold War. And now you’re here telling us that if they’d just launched nukes that they’d have won the war. Clearly, you still support the Communists and wish Canada didn’t exist.

          • LOL noop, sorry Rick. The lies are getting worse. You need a vacation!

            None of the Temps work out?

  2. This headline is totally misleading. A fragment of script from a military wargame or exercise is NOT a draft speech prepared for the real world, any more than an imaginary newsmagazine text prepared under similar circumstances might be…

    Why do Canadians insist on dropping all pretence of seriousness and melt into gawking sensationalism whenever national security is part of the story? It would surely help us all if media like Macleans at least TRIED to keep an strait a distinction between fantasy and reality…

  3. It is unfortunate that the USA doesn’t have a similar law. Can you imagine all the details that would have to come out about the assasination of JFK? Or all the other machinations of the CIA and FBI.
    What an absolutely wonderful law. We in Canada don’t have one like that either, do we?

    • I believe that our declassifications happen after 40 years rather than the UK’s 30. So they’ve got us beat by 10 years for this type of transparency.

  4. And another thing — check out the picture above, with the Queen wearing a great smile as she is shown just one more weapon meant for killing. Certainly belies the words of her speech.

  5. This was a mock-up of a speech designed only for a classified military war game, and the Queen herself has now only just heard about and seen it for the first time. It is not something she had any part in drafting and was for scenario purposes only. MacLeans might want to be a little more accurate.