As tensions rise around North Korea’s missile fires and nuclear tests World War III may seem imminent to some.
The Queen has already had a speech drafted in case a Third World War erupts. In fact, this speech has been ready since 1983 when the Cold War heat reached its peak. It was written as if it were to be addressed in March that same year but was, fortunately, never used.
In accordance with the UK’s thirty-year rule on government documents, the full text was made available to the public by the National Archives and published by the BBC three years ago.
Despite being written over 30 years ago, parts of the Queen’s speech seem surprisingly relevant to a potential WWIII in the present day.
It begins by recalling her traditional Christmas broadcast:
“When I spoke to you less than three months ago we were all enjoying the warmth and fellowship of a family Christmas. Our thoughts were concentrated on the strong links that bind each generation to the ones that came before and those that will follow. The horrors of war could not have seemed more remote as my family and I shared our Christmas joy with the growing family of the Commonwealth.”
The subject then turns to the time Britain entered the Second World War against Germany:
“Now this madness of war is once more spreading through the world and our brave country must again prepare itself to survive against great odds.
“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. Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.”
It then goes on to state that the true enemy is the power of ill-used technology and to remind people to remain strong: