Palace dis­mayed at pic­ture of queen giv­ing Nazi salute

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

Buck­ing­ham Palace yesterday said it was dis­ap­pointed that footage from 1933 show­ing a very young Queen El­iz­a­beth II giv­ing a Nazi salute had been re­leased.

The Sun pub­lished the film yesterday, which showed the Queen, aged about seven, with her mother, sis­ter and un­cle. The black-and-white footage shows El­iz­a­beth’s late mother rais­ing her arm in the style of a Nazi salute. The queen mim­ics the ges­ture.

Prince Ed­ward, the fu­ture King Ed­ward VIII, is also seen rais­ing his arm. The footage is thought to have been shot in 1933 or 1934, when Adolf Hitler was ris­ing to promi­nence as führer in Ger­many, but the cir­cum­stances in which it was shot are un­clear.

The palace said it was “dis­ap­point­ing that film, shot eight decades ago ... has been ob­tained and ex­ploited”.

A palace source said: “Most peo­ple will see these pic­tures in their proper con­text and time. This is a fam­ily play­ing and mo­men­tar­ily ref­er­enc­ing a ges­ture many would have seen from con­tem­po­rary news­reels.

“No one at that time had any sense how it would evolve. To im­ply any­thing else is mis­lead­ing and dis­hon­est. The queen and her fam­ily’s ser­vice and ded­i­ca­tion to the wel­fare of this na­tion dur­ing the war, and the 63 years the queen has spent build­ing re­la­tions be­tween na­tions and peo­ples, speaks for it­self.”

Prince Ed­ward faced nu­mer­ous ac­cu­sa­tions of be­ing a Nazi sym­pa­thiser and was pho­tographed meet­ing Hitler in Oc­to­ber 1937.

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