Queen Wrote This Speech in Case of Nuclear War
The enemy is 'the deadly power of abused technology'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 1, 2013 9:41 AM CDT
In this photo taken March 4, 2011, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II sits at a desk with microphones in Buckingham Palace in central London, after recording her Commonwealth Day address.   (AP Photo/John Stillwell, pool)

(Newser) – Just how close did the world come to the brink of nuclear annihilation during the Cold War? So close that civil servants in the UK wrote a speech for Queen Elizabeth to deliver in the event of nuclear war. The speech has now been released thanks to the UK's 30-year rule, the Daily Beast reports.

The speechwriters evidently thought the end was quite nigh, because the speech specifically timestamps itself, opening with a reference to a Christmas address three months earlier. The bomb itself is referenced only obliquely. "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." Mostly, it is a generic call to be resolute in the face of war. "Help those who cannot help themselves," she urges. "Give comfort to the lonely and the homeless and let your family become the focus of hope and life to those who need it." For the full speech, see the source.

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jope
Aug 1, 2013 10:27 PM CDT
God is watching,therefore the world will not be destroyed by a nuclear war or an asteroid. Psalm 46v10 "Stop! and know that I am God"
InferiorToYou
Aug 1, 2013 9:59 PM CDT
While Ronnie Raygun fiddled and played cowboy
DarkFrancis
Aug 1, 2013 9:01 PM CDT
Early draft: Good evening. I am speaking to you all tonight from my own home, 200 feet undergrind. My husband and I are very pleased to announce that we are safe, and while we wish the same for you, it is with some sadness that we must tell you "One can run, but one cannot hide."