Buckingham Palace Slams Images Of Queen’s Nazi Salute

Buckingham Palace expressed disappointment at the release of the images.
Buckingham Palace expressed disappointment at the release of the images.

Buckingham Palace expressed disappointment at the release of the images.

Buckingham Palace voiced disappointment after a British newspaper on Saturday published images allegedly showing a young Queen Elizabeth II giving a Nazi Salute in the early 1930s. The front page of The Sun showed the queen, then aged around six, raising her right hand in the air as her mother, the late Queen Mother does the same. The headline on the story read: “Their Royal Heilness”- a reference to the “Heil Hitler” greeting used in Nazi Germany. “It is disappointing that film shot eight decades ago and apparently from her majesty’s personal family archive has been obtained and exploited in this manner,” a spokesman for Buckingham Palace said in a statement. While a royal source insisted that the queen would not have known the significance of the gesture at such a young age, the images threaten to cause deep embarrassment for the 89-year-old monarch. In the 20 seconds  black and white video, the hand gesture was apparently being encouraged  by the Queen’s uncle, the future King Edward VIII. The Sun defended it’s decision to release the images, saying they offered “a fascinating insight in the wrapped prejudices of Edward VIII.” “We publish them today knowing they do not reflect badly on our queen, her late sister or mother in any way,” it added.

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