The script for a hypothetical broadcast by the Queen of the United Kingdom has been released by the British government under the 30-year-rule.
The document which is called the WINTEX-CIMEX 83 exercise gives an account of the scenario Britain was caught up in during 1983. The speech (that was fortunately never delivered) was prepared in the wake of the threat to the "brave country" as "greater" than any other in history.
Here are five important facts from the revealed speech:
“Madness Of War”
It basically talks about the threat of another major nuclear battle amid worsening US-Russia relations, which was thought to be even worse than what the world had witnessed during the Second World War. It was the year that US President Ronald Reagan described the Soviets as the ‘evil empire’, and started deploying weapons in order to be ‘prepared’.
Queen’s Personal Accounts
The script contains personal accounts of the Queen from WWII. It reads, “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 [George VI's] inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939 [at the start of the World War II].”
“Hope And Strength”
The speech later turns towards the point where the ruler of the United Kingdom reminds her nation of past war experiences and urges them to stay strong, “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.”
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
The script also mentions Queen’s second son Prince Andrew, Duke of York: “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.”
“The Final Message”
The final message reads, “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.”
It’s quite a dramatic speech but its words were never actually uttered by the Queen because the Soviet Union and the US later negotiated, reduced the number of nuclear weapons, and the Cold War eventually came to an end.