The secret speech was originally written in 1983 during the Cold War, however it was’t officially released to the public until 2013. It has been reported that this speech will act as a hypothetical broadcast if Britain is faced with the threat of a nuclear war in the future.
The document, devised by Whitehall officials, was released by the British Government as part of their 30-year-rule and provides members of the public with an intimate look at history and how drastically times have changed. The speech consists of a number of outdated elements, a sign of its age.
As originally quoted by the BBC, the Queen reveals the tragic day World War II broke out in 1939 as she recalled listening to her father, George VI’s “inspiring words” over the radio.
“I have never forgotten the sorrow and the pride I felt as my sister and I huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father’s [George VI’s] inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939” it reads.
“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.”
The Queen goes on to describe the enemy as “the deadly power of abused technology” more so than the opposing soldiers.
“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,” she adds.
“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.”
She mentions her “beloved” son, Prince Andrew, in the speech, as she prayed for his safety and the “safety of all servicemen and women at home and overseas”.
“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.
She then made a touching tribute to the importance of family in times like these.
“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.”
In 1982, Prince Andrew also served as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands War. He has since been stripped of his royal patronages and military titles after a civil lawsuit emerged against the Prince in relation to sexual assault allegations that surfaced in 2019.
The Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year, after almost 70 years on the throne and despite recent health concerns, she has been pictured alive and well at multiple recent engagements.
The outdated speech is yet to be updated to fit with modern times.