Controversy across the pond!
Stills from a home video of Queen Elizabeth II have been printed in The Sun, a British newspaper, showing the queen giving a Nazi salute.
The stills, taking from a 1933 video, show a 6-year-old future-queen impersonating Adolf Hitler‘s evil salute that, of course, would soon terrorize the world over in the coming Second World War.
Now, Buckingham Palace is speaking out about the home video, and they aren’t sure how it was obtained:
“It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from HM’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.”
A source close to the royal family continued, telling reporters:
“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 6 years of age at the time and entirely innocent of attaching any meaning to these gestures.”
Well, to be fair, the video was taken in 1933, several years before Hitler and the Nazis swept across Europe, and the queen was obviously just six years old at the time so… come on.
Nevertheless, it’s an ugly image of Her Majesty — with her sister Princess Margaret and uncle (and future king) Edward VIII — that Buckingham Palace no doubts wishes had never surfaced.
[Image via WENN.]