Queen Elizabeth Nazi Photos, Video: “Heil Hitler” Salute In Old Home Movie
Queen Elizabeth is seen giving the Nazi salute in a newly-obtained home movie from her childhood.
In the clip, published on Saturday by The Sun, the future queen and her mother are seen doing the “Heil Hitler” gesture. Queen Elizabeth is believed to be about 6 years old at the time, with the home video filmed in the early 1930s. They are joined by her sister Margaret and uncle Prince Edward, who, of course, later became King Edward, and was accused of having Nazi sympathies.
The footage was filmed outside Balmoral Castle, and the British tabloid says it “lay hidden for eight decades,” but a copy was given to them by a “source.” The paper defended publishing both the video and still photographs from it, citing royal experts. The outlet argues that the home video could influence history by “cast[ing] important new light on the Royal Family’s attitudes towards Germany in the 1930s.”
But Buckingham Palace is slamming the publication. A spokesperson says, “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.” The clip was filmed well before the atrocities committed by Hitler’s regime became known, and Queen Elizabeth was never known to be a Nazi sympathizer in any way.
The publication of the clip comes less than a month after Queen Elizabeth traveled to Germany to pay her respects at a Holocaust memorial at Bergen-Belsen (see photo above). It was her first-ever visit to one of the country’s concentration camps. Tell us what you think of The Sun publishing the video of Queen Elizabeth giving the Nazi salute, and the Palace’s statement on the matter.