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This Is What the Queen of England Would Have Said if WWIII Had Broken Out

What the Queen of England would say during World War III


In 1983, the British government wrote up a speech for the Queen of England to deliver in the event a war broke out with the Soviet Union. It was just released by the UK government and, as you'd expect, exhorts the British people to keep a stiff upper lip amid the mushroom clouds:

"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 [George VI'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."

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