Queen Elizabeth II faced an assassination threat during a visit to the US in 1983, the FBI has revealed.
Newly released documents, available on the FBI’s online vault, reveal intelligence provided to federal officers that appears to outline a threat to the Queen’s life in California 40 years ago.
The file states that a phone call was made by “a man who claimed that his daughter had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet”.
“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 added.
The file describes a club that “has a popular reputation as a republican bar that is frequented by sympathisers with the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA)”.
The Queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, made an official visit to the west coast of America in February and March 1983.
A separate document, relating to the Queen’s state visit to the US in 1991, outlined concerns that Irish protestors were planning a demonstration against the Queen during her attendance at a baseball game, alongside a separate White House event.
The file stated that the information came from the Philadelphia Irish paper titled Irish Edition.
“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,” the file said.2023-05-26T05:58:35Z dg43tfdfdgfd