A recently released cache of FBI files has revealed a possible plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to California in 1983.
The possible threat followed a phone call made by “a man who claimed his daughter had been killed in Northern Ireland by a rubber bullet,” according to the document, which also references a bar frequented by supporters of the Irish Republican Army ( GONNA).
The Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, visited the West Coast of the United States in February and March 1983 and the trip was uneventful.
Four years earlier, in 1979, IRA paramilitaries opposing British rule in Northern Ireland killed Louis Mountbatten, India’s last colonial governor and Philip’s uncle, in a bomb attack.
The dossier states that the man claimed he was attempting to harm the queen by “throwing an object from the Golden Gate Bridge at the royal yacht Britannia as it sails below.”
Alternatively, he would “attempt to kill Queen Elizabeth when visiting Yosemite National Park,” they added.
A separate file among the documents, dated 1989, noted that while the FBI was not aware of any specific threats against the queen, “the possibility of threats against the British monarchy is ever-present from the Irish Republican Army.”
It has previously been reported that the queen, who died last September at the age of 96, had been the target of other assassination plots.