In the early 1980s, as re­la­tions be­tween the West and the USSR hit new lows and the Cold War plunged into tem­per­a­tures un­charted since the Cuban Mis­sile Cri­sis, there were gen­uine fears of a third world war. In Bri­tain, of­fi­cials drafted this speech for t

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If we re­main res­o­lute, our will to sur­vive can­not be bro­ken

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.

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 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.

We all know that the dan­gers fac­ing us to­day are greater by far than at any time in our long his­tory. 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. 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. 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.

My mes­sage to you there­fore is sim­ple. Help those who can­not help them­selves give com­fort to the lonely and the home­less and let your fam­ily be­come the fo­cus of hope and life to those who need it.

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.

The Queen’s speech warn­ing of nu­clear war

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