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JUL 31, 2013 - The Guardian

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National archives: Whitehall prepared Queen's speech for third world war

Queen's address to the nation on likelihood of nuclear strikes drawn up following bellicose rhetoric from Soviet UnionIt is the Queen's speech that nobody ever wants to hear. In 1983 senior civil servants drafted a message they envisaged the monarch might have to deliver to the nation on the eve of all-out nuclear war with Russia.The message, rousing and bleak in equal measure, was prepared during a secret Whitehall exercise designed to test Britain's reaction to international developments that tilted the world to the brink of a third world war. In it, the Queen would describe the "madness ... Read More

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