An assassination attempt on Queen Elizabeth II may have been planned during her visit to the state of California in 1983, as indicated by a stockpile of previously classified FBI papers that has just been made public.
According to the paper, the probable threat followed a phone conversation made by “a man who claimed that his daughter had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet.” The document also references to a club that is frequented by supporters of the Irish Republican Army (IRA).
In February and March of 1983, Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, traveled to the west coast of the United States. During their stay, they encountered no problems along the way.
In a bombing incident that took place in 1979, paramilitaries affiliated with the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who opposed British control in Northern Ireland were responsible for the death of Louis Mountbatten, the last colonial governor of India and an uncle of Prince Philip.
According to the information contained in the file, the suspect stated that he intended to make an attempt to cause injury to the queen “either by dropping some object off the Golden Gate Bridge onto the royal yacht Britannia when it sails underneath.”
Alternately, they said, he “would attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth when she visited Yosemite National Park.” Yosemite National Park is located in California.
A third file among the records, dated 1989, pointed out that although the FBI was ignorant of any particular threats against the queen, “the possibility of threats against the British monarchy is ever present from the Irish Republican Army.” This information was included despite the fact that the FBI was aware of no specific threats against the queen.
It has been stated in the past that the queen, who passed away in September of last year at the age of 96, was the intended target of additional attempts to kill her.
In 1970, individuals suspected of having IRA sympathies attempted, but failed, to derail her train west of Sydney. In 1981, the IRA attempted to bomb her while she was visiting Shetland, which is located off the shore of the northeastern coast of Scotland.
During the same year, a mentally unstable teenager in New Zealand fired a single shot in the direction of the queen’s automobile when she was on a state visit there.
During the Trooping the Colour parade that was taking place in the center of London, another teenager shot six blanks in her direction.