Fury after The Sun publishes Queen’s Nazi salute footage
The British public has reacted with fury after footage of the Queen performing a Nazi salute as a young girl was published by The Sun.
The shocking film from 1933 shows Edward VIII teaching his nieces the seven year old future Queen and her three year old sister Princess Margaret how to do the salute in the gardens at Balmoral.
The publication of the 17 second film has outraged thousands across the nation who believe that the Queen cannot be held responsible for adidas zx flux her actions as a girl playing with her family.
Scores of Twitter users vented their anger this morning, saying The Sun had ‘sunk to a new low’ and calling for the newspaper’s owner Rupert Murdoch to be banned from the UK.
Buckingham Palace last night slammed The Sun for the publication of the footage, from the family’s private archive, saying it was ‘disappointing’ that the film had been ‘obtained and exploited in this manner’.
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Appalled reader Rachel Hawkins wrote: adidas supercolor ‘If I was the Queen, I’d ban that absolute vile individual; Rupert Murdoch from ever entering this country again. TheSun gutterpress.’
Another user said: ‘The Sun has sunk to a new low in insinuating that the Queen has Nazi sympathy’s with the head line « Their Royal Heilnesses. »‘.
Matt SW added: ‘All this « Queen does the Nazi salute » thing is ridiculous. She was 7. Are we really judging people based on what they did when they were 7?’
Buckingham Palace said last night said the seven year old Queen was simply ‘playing’ with her family in the archive video.
‘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 said.
A Palace source added: ‘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 news reels,’
‘No one at that time had any sense how it would evolve. To imply anything else is misleading and dishonest.
‘The Queen is around six years of age at the time and entirely innocent of attaching any meaning to these gestures.
‘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.’
The clip, released by The Sun last night, shows the Queen Mother also saluting proudly alongside Princess Margaret, adidas obuv aged three. They are encouraged byEdward VIII, who is known to have harboured Nazi sympathies.
The grainy black and white photograph was taken just as Hitler was rising to power in Germany, seven years before the outbreak of the Second World War and before the atrocities of the Third Reich terrorised Europe.
At the age of seven, the Queen is unlikely to have understood the full the implications of making a Nazi salute.
Royal commentator and the Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter said there would be great interest in royal circles in finding out how the footage from the monarch’s private archives was made public.
He told Sky News: ‘I would like to think it was released inadvertently as a bit of harmless 1933 footage without anybody really knowing what was on it.
‘I think what they (Buckingham Palace) would probably like to know is where it came from and who gave it to The Sun.’
The Palace is expected to look into whether a crime has been committed in the leaking of the film, which belongs to the royal family.
Youngsters: Many argue that the future Queen and her sister Margaret can not be held responsible for their actions, as they were simply children playing with their family