QUEEN ELIZABETH II told her nation that she prayed that the recapture of Kuwait would be “as swift as it is certain . . . with as small a cost to human life and suffering as possible.” It was the first time she has addressed the nation at war since her ascent to the throne after the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. During the 1982 Falklands War against Argentina, the queen sent written messages to the troops.