The Queen’s secret address to the nation prepared in case World War III comes true
A ‘remarkable script’ was released by the National Archives at Kew, London in 2013. Passing the ’30-year rule’ date, the document was released, revealing a speech written by officials as part of a a Whitehall exercise in what if the Cold War ever got hot.
The details of the WINTEX-CIMEX 83 exercise – which took place in the spring of 1983 – were designed within the framework of a simulation. In the simulation, the Queen’s Speech would have aired at noon on Friday March 4, 1983 and is intended to prepare the country for a growing threat from Russia.
While part of a drill for a fictional event, the speech has resurfaced online due to the eerie relevance of the situation facing the world today. With the existing threat of World War III growing after Russia invaded Ukraine, his words seem more important than ever.
Written by aides at Buckingham Palace, in case World War III breaks out, the Queen’s speech calls on the nation to ‘pray for our country’ despite ‘all the terrors that lie in wait for us all’. The monarch urges her “brave country” to stand firm in the face of the “madness of war that is once again spreading around the world”. As the dangers seem “far greater than at any time in our long history”, she calls on the nation to unite to “combat the new evil”.
According to Birmingham Live, in the fictional scenario, Orange Bloc forces – representing the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies – launch a devastating attack on Britain with chemical weapons. Blue forces – representing NATO – retaliate with a “limited yield” nuclear strike forcing Orange to sue for peace.
The script reads: “The horrors of war couldn’t have seemed more distant as my family and I shared our Christmas cheer with the growing Commonwealth family. Now this madness of war is spreading once more in the world and our brave country must once again prepare to survive against all odds.
“I’ve never forgotten the heartache and pride I felt when my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my dad’s music. [George VI’s] inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939 [at the start of the World War II]. Not for a moment did I imagine that this solemn and formidable duty would fall to me one day.
“But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the qualities that have helped keep our freedom intact twice already in this sad century will once again be our strength. It is this close bond of family life which must be our greatest defense against the unknown.
“If families remain united and resolute, offering shelter to those who live alone and unprotected, our country’s will to survive cannot be broken. As we strive together to fight the new evil, let us pray for our country and men of good will wherever they are God bless you all.
1983 was one of the most dangerous years of the entire Cold War. US President Ronald Reagan has enraged Russia by calling it the “evil empire”, revealing plans for a “Star Wars” ballistic missile shield in space and deploying US nuclear cruise missiles in Europe.
Tensions escalated further when the Soviet Union shot down a South Korean airliner that strayed into its airspace, killing all 269 people on board. A NATO military exercise also nearly sparked a real conflict, with Soviet leaders apparently convinced it was cover for a real attack.
Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had talks with Mr. Reagan at the White House where she told him, “We all have to live on the same planet. So we have to keep calm and make it clear that we still want to negotiate.”
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