The Queen had a speech ready to give in the event of a nuclear strike on the UK, new exhibition reveals

A SPEECH written for the Queen to give if Britain was hit by a nuclear strike has been revealed.

Dubbed “Ma’amageddon” by civil servants, it features in a new Cold War exhibition.

A speech written for the Queen to give if Britain was hit by a nuclear strike has been revealed
A speech written for the Queen to give if Britain was hit by a nuclear strike has been revealed

The script reads: “Not for a single moment did I imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me.”

It is part of a range of fictional scenarios mocked up in Whitehall while the world still lived in fear of  an apocalyptic conflict between the US and Russia.

One featured the arrest at a peace rally of 1980s Labour leader Michael Foot and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The Protect and Survive exhibition shows for the first time what Sir Winston Churchill called his “naughty document” from 1944 — plans to carve up Europe with Russian tyrant Josef Stalin after World War Two.

CHURCHILL’S ‘NAUGHTY DOCUMENT’ REVEALED

It showed parts of  Bulgaria, Greece, Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania that the Soviets or Britain would control. Sir Winston coined the name and admitted  the plan could seem “callous”.

Curator Mark Dunton said: “The idea that the fates of millions were being decided by these little sweeps of a pencil is quite extraordinary.” The exhibition is part of the  National Archive’s Cold War Revealed season.

Mr Dunton added: “We want people to think, ‘How would I have coped if the worst had happened?’ The pervasive threat of nuclear war impacted everyday life for millions.”

The London show runs from April 4, Nato’s 70th birthday, to  November 9 — 30 years since the Berlin Wall fell.

The Protect and Survive exhibition reveals what Sir Winston Churchill called his ‘naughty document’ from 1944 — plans to carve up Europe with Russian tyrant Josef Stalin after World War Two
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The Protect and Survive exhibition reveals what Sir Winston Churchill called his ‘naughty document’ from 1944 — plans to carve up Europe with Russian tyrant Josef Stalin after World War Two[/caption]



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