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Thatcher vetoed Hague role

William Hague's first attempt to enter the world of Whitehall politics was blackballed by Margaret Thatcher, newly-released Government papers reveal. They also show the speech the Queen would deliver in the event of World War III.

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Queen's speech 'sought to prepare country for WWIII'

Although only a simulation, the text of the Queen's address - supposedly broadcast at noon on Friday March 4 1983 - seeks to prepare the country for World War III.

The Message to the Nation is one of the papers released by the National Archives. Credit: National Archives/PA Wire

There are references to the Queen's "beloved son Andrew", serving with his unit as a Royal Navy helicopter pilot and the address by her father George VI on the outbreak of the World War II.

"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," it reads.

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