A speech to be delivered by The Queen in the case of an outbreak of a new world war has been revealed.
The speech was written in 1983 at the height of the Cold War – a time when tensions were extremely high and the possibility of World War III was on the minds of citizens.
As reported by the BBC, parts of the speech are clearly identified as being written in 1983, but what she would say remains relevant to the political climate today.
In full, Her Majesty would say: “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 inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939 [at the start of the World War II].
“Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.
“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.
“My husband and I share with families up and down the land the fear we feel for sons and daughters, husbands and brothers who have left our side to serve their country.”
At the time the speech was written in 1983, Prince Andrew was serving in the Royal Navy – a fact she brought up.
“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.
“It is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defence against the unknown.
“If families remain united and resolute, giving shelter to those living alone and unprotected, our country’s will to survive cannot be broken.”
“As we strive together to fight off the new evil, let us pray for our country and men of goodwill wherever they may be. God Bless you all.”