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Released: Queen`s ‘nuclear war` speech that was never given

Last Updated: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 11:37

London: A speech that could have been one of the Queen`s last if nuclear war had broken out in 1983 has been released.

The script, which is part of government documents and released by the National Archives, was written amid fears Britain would be attacked by the Soviet Union.

According to Sky News, the speech read that Britain faces the `madness of war` and must prepare itself to survive against great odds.

Invoking family, God and patriotism, the speech shows the Queen would have tried to rally the country amid the threat of annihilation from a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.

The speech, which was never read or even seen by the Queen, was prepared as part of a Whitehall exercise known as Wintex-Cimex 83, designed to work through potential scenarios in the event of nuclear war, the report said.

It also refers to the Queen`s beloved son Andrew, serving with his unit as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot at the time, and the address by her father George VI on the outbreak of the Second World War .

It said that the nation knows about the dangers that are facing it and are greater by far than at any time in our long history.

The speech added that the enemy is not the soldier with his rifle, nor the airman prowling the skies above our cities and towns, but the deadly power of abused technology.

The text was drawn up during one of the most dangerous years of the entire Cold War, the report added.


First Published: Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 11:31
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