Queen Elizabeth II’s Prepared Speech in the Event of World War III Revealed


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Thankfully, this is a speech that the monarch never had to make. Or at least, not yet.

Via the BBC:

Although it was only a simulation, the text of the Queen’s address – written as if broadcast at midday on Friday 4 March 1983 – seeks to prepare the country for the ordeal of World War III.

The script, which starts off by referring to the Queen’s traditional Christmas address, reads: “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.

“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.

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3 Comments on "Queen Elizabeth II’s Prepared Speech in the Event of World War III Revealed"

  1. Liam_McGonagle | Aug 1, 2013 at 5:55 pm |

    I have this fantasy all the time, too. But I try to liven the mood a little bit with snazzy catch phrases like “the living shall envy the dead” and “eat a d*ck, peasants, I’m livin’ it up safe in a luxurious secure compound with 20 foot thick lead walls!”

    • Matt Staggs | Aug 1, 2013 at 8:51 pm |

      I want someone to record her speech so it sounds like one of the guys from Monty Python. A few mentions of “spam” would also be welcome.

  2. My favorite line to the speech, prepared in advance: “Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.”

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