Sunday, 28 May 2023

FBI files reveal threat to kill the Queen during her US visit in 1983

A plot to assassinate Elizabeth II has been revealed through the release of an FBI file from 1983.

The document, available on the FBI’s online vault, says a man planned to harm the monarch during her visit with Prince Philip to the west coast.

The file states a phone call was made by ‘a man who claimed that his daughter had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet’.

It adds: ‘This man additionally claimed that he was going to attempt to harm Queen Elizabeth and would do this either by dropping some object off the Golden Gate Bridge onto the royal yacht Britannia when it sails underneath, or would attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth when she visited Yosemite National Park.’

It then refers to a club which ‘has a popular reputation as a republican bar that is frequented by sympathisers with the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA)’.

A separate document relating to Elizabeth II’s state visit to the US in 1991 reveals IRA members were planning to protest her presence at a White House event and baseball game.

This document is among 100 pages published by the FBI online with information from the Philadelphia Irish paper titled Irish Edition.

The file states: ‘The article stated anti-British feelings are running high as a result of well publicised injustices inflicted on the Birmingham Six by the corrupt English judicial system and the recent rash of brutal murders of unarmed Irish nationalists in the six counties by loyalist death squads.

‘Though the article contained no threats against the president or the Queen, the statements could be viewed as being inflammatory.

‘The article stated that an Irish group had reserved a large block of grand stand tickets.’

Another file from 1989 states while the FBI was unaware of any threats against Elizabeth II, ‘the possibility of threats against the British monarchy is ever present from the Irish Republican Army (IRA)’.

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 last year aged 96 in Balmoral, Scotland, following a 70-year reign.

Her state funeral was held on September 19 as the country stopped to mourn and say a final goodbye.

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