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'Queen's Speech' prepared during 1983 nuclear war rehearsal

Aug. 1, 2013 at 12:59 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A NATO rehearsal for a Soviet attack included a speech by Queen Elizabeth to Britain, documents released Thursday indicate.

In the speech, written by senior government officials, the queen spoke of a third world war in "this sad century," The Daily Telegraph reported. It also included memories of listening to her father, King George VI, addressing the nation at the outbreak of World War II and spoke of her anxieties for her son, Prince Andrew, who was at the time a military helicopter pilot.

"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," the speech said. "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."

A spokesman for the queen could not say if she ever read the speech.

Documents on Wintex-Cimex 83, the code name for the 1983 war game, were released under Britain's new 20-year rule. Other files showed that new prime ministers had to select three "nuclear deputies" to succeed them if they were killed and to provide instructions for the commanders of nuclear submarines if they were the only surviving remnant of the United Kingdom.

The documents included newspaper headlines about the war, including one showing a picture of Prince William, who was less than a year old. The headline read: "Keep him safe, Charlie, we will be needing him."

The enemy in the fictitious war was referred to as Orange with no mention of the Soviet Union or the Warsaw Pact. The war ended with Orange asking for peace talks when Britain threatened to use nuclear weapons.

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