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FBI reveals assassination plot on Queen during US visit

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Queen assassination attempt in FBI files

A newly uncovered FBI report suggests that a plan was afoot to take the life of Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the United States in 1983.

FBI’s online vault has an entry consisting of intelligence on a potential attempt to attack the Queen when she visited California.

In February and March of 1983, the Queen and her spouse, the Duke of Edinburgh, made an official visit to the west coast of the United States.

A phone call was made by “a man who claimed his daughter was killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet,” according to the file.

“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 adds.

In reaction, the FBI was getting ready to “close the walkways on the Golden Gate Bridge as the yacht nears”. It is uncertain what steps were taken at Yosemite, yet the trip was still completed.

The file also mentions a San Francisco club that “has a reputation as a republican pub frequented by Provisional Irish Republican Army (or IRA) sympathisers.”

US media entities submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for access to the trove of FBI files.

A 1991 document demonstrates worries that Irish organizations had intentions to protest during the Queen’s state visit to the United States at a Minor League baseball game as well as an event held at the White House.

The information was obtained from the Irish newspaper Irish Edition in Philadelphia.

“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,” the file said.

A distinct file among the documents, dated 1989, stated that while the FBI was unaware of any specific threats against the Queen, “the possibility of threats against the British monarchy is ever-present from the Irish Republican Army (IRA)”.

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