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WHAT IF? Queen’s WWIII Speech Revealed Kathy Willens/AP

Queen’s WWIII Speech Revealed

Had the Cold War turned into a massive nuclear and chemical conflagration, this is what the Queen of England would have told her people. "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,” the newly revealed script reads. It concludes: "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 speech was written as part of a war-gaming exercise in the spring of 1983, when tensions between the Soviet Union and NATO forces were especially high. The scenario imagined the Soviet Union launching a chemical attack on the U.K. and NATO responding with nuclear strikes, forcing the USSR to initiate a peace process.

August 1, 2013 7:06 AM