Rifts between Russia and the United Kingdom rose dramatically on March 14 when Theresa May announced that Britain was expelling 23 Russian diplomats.
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom criticized the Russian government for a tried murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English town of Salisbury.
Increased display of threat from the military force of both Britain and Russia has turned the British public and media’s attention back to an apocalyptic royal protocol. In this protocol, Queen Elizabeth II would address the country in the event of a global conflict or nuclear war.
The Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth, also makes a reference to her own experiences of the Second World War. She worked as a field mechanic for the British military during WWII. It also reflects on the wartime leadership of her father, King George VI who announced the outbreak of the war to the British public in 1939.
“The nightmares and terrors of war could not have seemed more distant as my family and I shared our Christmas celebration with the growing family of the Commonwealth. I have never forgotten the pain and the pride I felt as my sister and I gathered around the nursery wireless set listening to my father’s encouraging words on that crucial day in 1939.”
“Not for a single minute did I imagine that this serious and terrible duty would one day fall to me. But whatever terrors lie in wait for us all, the traits that have helped to keep our freedom intact twice already during this sad century will once more be our strength.”
Evidence of such a protocol first emerged in the 1980s when tensions between Great Britain, then under Margaret Thatcher, and the Soviet Union were especially high. Former Cabinet Minister Michael Heseltine later mentioned in a TV interview that members of the government never took the possibility of nuclear seriously themselves.