We all know that the dangers facing us today are greater by far than at any time in our long history. The enemy is not the soldier with his rifle nor even the airman prowling the skies above our cities and towns but the deadly power of abused technology. 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.
Extract of Queen Elizabeth II’s Nuclear-War Message Drafted in 1983. The Queen would have delivered the message if the war had become imminent.
There was uncertainty and fear of an outbreak of the Third World War at the time due to threats from Soviet Union (now Russia). Politicians feared Soviet Union was about to attack Britain.
- UK files include queen nuclear war speech (star-telegram.com)
- Queen’s ‘World War 3 speech’ revealed (scotsman.com)