A speech written for the Queen in 1983, gives a chilling glimpse into a world waiting for chemical war
The Queen‘s speech declaring World War III in 1980’s Britain was released yesterday by the government, giving a chilling glimpse at a world awaiting chemical warfare.
The script written for Queen Elizabeth by Whitehall officials was released under the 30-year-rule yesterday, in which The Queen tells her people to pray during a state of wartime ‘madness’.
Luckily, the two-page speech – emblazoned with the words SECRET at the top of each – was part of an extensive war-gaming exercise in which potential Cold War scenarios were discussed and it was therefore never broadcast.
The speech echoes the King’s 1939 delivery to pre-World War II Britain, as it focuses on family, beginning by saying how the horror of war was a contrast to her lovely family christmas.
Reflecting on her King George VI’s speech, she said: ‘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.’
She expressed her regret that the duty had now fallen to her.
Referring to her son Prince Andrew who was in action at the Royal Navy the time, it continues: ‘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.’
It is a family bond, the Queen says, that will promote solidarity and strength in the nation.
And as they prepare to attack the third ‘evil’ of the century, the Queen concludes: “Let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be. God Bless you all.’