Queen Elizabeth's 'WWIII' dummy speech revealed
LONDON (AP) - British officials drafted an emotional rallying cry for Queen Elizabeth II as part of an exercise simulating the outbreak of nuclear war, records released on Thursday show - though the monarch never uttered the words and likely never saw them.
The text of a dummy speech - prepared as part of a war game exercise in the spring of 1983 to spell out possible Cold War scenarios - was released by Britain's National Archives in a tranche of declassified documents.
Invoking family, God and patriotism in moving tones, it shows the queen trying to rally the country amid the threat of annihilation from a nuclear-armed Soviet Union.
"We all know that the dangers facing us today are greater by far than at any time in our long history," the text reads. "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."