Queen ‘Nazi salute’ film: Palace ‘disappointed’ at use

Buckingham Palace has said it is disappointed that footage from 1933 showing the Queen appearing to perform a Nazi salute has been released.

The film, released by the Sun, shows the Queen, aged about seven, alongside her mother, sister and uncle.

Neither how the newspaper obtained the footage nor the circumstances in which it was originally made are clear.

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

The black and white footage, which lasts about 17 seconds, shows the Queen playing with a dog on the lawn in the gardens of Balmoral, the Sun claims.

The Queen Mother then raises her arm in what looks like a Nazi salute, and after glancing towards her mother the Queen mimics the gesture. Prince Edward, the future Edward VIII, is also seen raising his arm.

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 news reels.

“No one at that time had any sense how it would evolve. To imply anything else is misleading and dishonest.”

The source added: “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.”

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