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TODAY   |  August 01, 2013

Queen’s 1983 speech on nuclear war revealed

The British government has released a speech written during times of international tension in 1983 for Queen Elizabeth II to give in the event of a nuclear war. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>> reporter: tv movie "the day after" depicted a terrifying what if. that's when the british government decided to write a speech for the queen, you know, just in case nuclear war did break out. a sort of king's speech.

>> i asked them to stand calm and firm.

>> reporter: for modern times , possibly about to be annihilated. "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. i have never forgotten the sorrow and pride i felt as my sister and i had huddled around the nursery wireless set listening to my father's inspiring words on that fateful day in 1939 ."

>> we are at war.

>> reporter: not for a single moment did i imagine that this solemn and awful duty would one day fall to me. it is this close bond of family life that must be our greatest defense against the unknown." chilling words as it describes whatever terrors lie in wait for us. thankfully, it never came to be. her majesty may never even have read it. now a silent testament to history. another