The Queen’s WWIII speech was written in 1983 at the height of the cold war. Thankfully, it was never read and never broadcast.
The speech itself was written by Whitehall officials and civil servants for the Queen to read in the event of a nuclear war, which was on the cards at the time.
In the speech, the Queen urges people to stand firm in the face of destruction and for survivors of a nuclear bomb attack to rebuild.
Excerpts of the speech show that Queen Elizabeth II was to talk of the “madness” of nuclear conflict and to state: “Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.”
The speech continues: “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.”
The cold war, which prompted the drafting of the Queen’s WWIII speech, was seen as a grave threat to Britain. It speaks about a doomsday scenario in which western civilization is attacked by nuclear weapons. The speech concludes with the chilling words:
“As we strive together to fight off the new evil, let us pray for our country and men of goodwill, wherever they may be. May God bless you all.”
Fortunately, the Queen’s WWIII speech never needed to be read by her, as tensions between the Soviet Union and The United States subsided after negotiations reduced the number of nuclear weapons held by the two superpowers.