London, July 12 (ANI): Britain's Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh would have been put on the Royal Yacht Britannia in the event of a nuclear attack, according to newly-classified papers.
According to The Telegraph, Professor Peter Hennessy obtained the previously secret plan for the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Home Secretary to use the Royal Yacht Britannia to escape Soviet missiles.
Under the so-called "python system", they would hide in sea lochs on the coast of North West Scotland while other senior ministers scattered to a variety of secret locations. rofessor Hennessy, a Whitehall historian, said it was vital to keep them separate from the Queen as only she could appoint a new Prime Minister if Britain's War Cabinet was wiped out by nuclear attack.
The plans are revealed in an update to his book, The Secret State, which examines the contents of a classified War Book drawn up by the Government more than 40 years ago. (ANI)