The royal family is being rocked by scandal. Footage has been released of a young Queen Elizabeth II giving the Nazi salute as she played with her family. Click to WATCH.
This is so shocking. A home video has surfaced of Queen Elizabeth II — at the time a young girl — giving the Nazi salute while she played with her family. The video was shot in approximately 1933, which was around the time that Adolf Hitler was rising to power in Germany.
The video and photos were published by The Sun newspaper. The black-and-white video was filmed at the family’s Balmoral estate in Scotland. The footage appears to show the young Elizabeth raising her right hand in a Nazi salute, and the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret doing so as well. The outlet says that the queen’s uncle, who would later be crowned King Edward VIII, was apparently encouraging the girls to perform the salute before doing so himself. (CLICK TO WATCH THE VIDEO.)
Buckingham Palace has released this statement regarding the 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.”
“Most people will see these pictures in their proper context and time,” a royal source told CNN. “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.”
Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933, and served as dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. His horrific actions concerning the Holocaust were one of the triggers of World War II. Edward VIII was the King of England from Jan. to Dec. 1936. Elizabeth’s father, George VI, became king after Edward VIII’s abdication. Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 after the death of her father.
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— Avery Thompson