Files released by the FBI relating to Queen Elizabeth’s visits to the United States in the 1980s and 1990s reveal threats and a possible plot to assassinate her.
Among the documents posted on his website FBIa note on Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip’s visit to the West Coast of the United States in 1983.
According to information received by the San Francisco police from the Irish Precincts, the man who said that “his daughter was killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet, was planning to harm Queen Elizabeth.”
This could be achieved either by “throwing an object from the Golden Gate Bridge at the royal yacht Britannia as she passed under it, or by attempting to kill the Queen while she was visiting Yosemite National Park”.
Four years earlier, in 1979, the Irish Democratic Army (IRA) assassinated Lord Louis Mountbatten, cousin of Queen Elizabeth, in a bomb attack during the Troubles, and struggles between Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland.
Another note, relating to the Queen’s state visit in 1991, refers to threats from Irish organizations to disrupt events she would attend, such as a baseball match and a reception at the White House.
Another document, from 1989, says that even if no specific threat was made against the Queen, “the possibility of threats by the IRA against the British monarchy still exists”.
There have been several attempts on the life of Queen Elizabeth, who died last September at the age of 96, most of them by the Irish Republican Army.
In 1970, IRA supporters attempted to derail a train she was traveling on in western Sydney, Australia, and in 1981, the IRA planned a bomb attack while she was visiting northern Scotland.
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