A newly launched cache of FBI information has revealed a possible plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II throughout her 1983 go to to California.
The doable menace adopted a telephone name made by “a man who claimed that his daughter had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet”, in response to the doc that additionally refers to a bar frequented by Irish Republican Army (IRA) sympathisers.
The queen and her husband Prince Philip visited the west coast of the United States in February and March 1983, and the journey handed off with out incident.
Four years earlier in 1979, IRA paramilitaries against British rule in Northern Ireland killed Louis Mountbatten, the final colonial governor of India and an uncle of Philip, in a bomb assault.
The file states that the person claimed he was going to try to hurt the queen “by dropping some object off the Golden Gate Bridge onto the royal yacht Britannia when it sails underneath”.
Alternatively he “would attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth when she visited Yosemite National Park”, they added.
A separate file among the many paperwork, dated 1989, identified that whereas the FBI was unaware of any particular threats in opposition to the queen, “the possibility of threats against the British monarchy is ever present from the Irish Republican Army”.
The queen, who died final September aged 96, has beforehand been reported to have been the goal of different assassination plots.