According to recently revealed FBI records, Queen Elizabeth II was the target of a possible murder attempt in 1983 while she was visiting the US.
In the wake of the late Queen’s passing last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation made a number of documents on her trips to the US public.
They demonstrate how the FBI was concerned about IRA threats while assisting in securing the monarch’s safety during her travels.
A San Francisco police officer received a de@th threat.
The file states that a federal agent was alerted about a call from a man that a police officer who frequented an Irish pub in San Francisco had met there.
According to the police, the man claimed to be seeking retribution for his daughter who “had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet”
On February 4, 1983, a month or so before Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s trip to California, the threat was made.
The statement in the paper reads, “He was going to try to hurt Queen Elizabeth and would either do this by dropping something off the Golden Gate Bridge onto the Royal Yacht Britannia when it sails underneath or would try to kill her when she visited Yosemite National Park.”
The Secret Service had prepared to “close the walkways on the Golden Gate Bridge as the yacht nears” in reaction to the threat. It is unknown what steps were taken in Yosemite, but the trip nevertheless happened. The FBI did not release any information regarding the arrests.
Following a FOIA request made by US media outlets, the 102-page cache was posted to the FBI’s information website, the Vault, on Monday.
Many of the late Queen’s state visits to the US, such as her trip to the West Coast in 1983, took place at a time of particularly high tension related to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
The late Queen attended the bicentennial events in New York City in 1976.
BCC News confirms the news on its official Twitter account:
FBI reveals 1980s plot to kill Queen Elizabeth II https://t.co/UyJvS9FPDZ
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 26, 2023
FBI Investigates IRA Threats
According to the documents, a pilot was summoned for flying a light plane above Battery Park while holding a sign that read, “England, Get out of Ireland.”
The records demonstrate how the FBI stayed on the lookout for threats to the late Queen that it believed had a serious chance of materializing.
In 1979, an IRA bombing off the coast of County Sligo, Republic of Ireland, killed her second cousin Lord Mountbatten.
An official FBI letter stated that “the possibility of threats against the British Monarchy is ever-present from the Irish Republican Army (IRA)” prior to the late Queen’s visit to Kentucky in 1989.
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The document went on to say that “Boston and New York are requested to remain alert for any threats against Queen Elizabeth II from the part of IRA members and immediately furnish same to Louisville,” in Kentucky.
Known to have owned racehorses, the late Queen traveled to Kentucky frequently to take in the state’s equestrian highlights, including the Kentucky Derby.
The late Queen was set to watch a Baltimore Orioles baseball game with President George H. Bush during a state visit in 1991.
The FBI alerted the Secret Service that “Irish groups” were preparing stadium protests and that “an Irish group had reserved a large block of grandstand tickets” for the match.
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