Film shows Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute as a child
Buckingham Palace Is Outraged By Leaked Video of Young Queen Performing Nazi Salute
AfterThe Sunnewspaper published a now-famous clip of a young Queen Elizabeth under the headline "Their Royal Heilnesses," Buckingham Palace is considering legal action and has launched an inquiry into howThe Sunobtained a copy of the video.
A palace spokesperson said in a statement that "it is disappointing that a film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from HM's personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner."
The Daily Beast reports that a "royal source" elaborated on the Palace's outrage: "Just three weeks ago she was at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and she was very moved by the reaction of the German people. It is likely the palace will pursue this. We want to identify where the footage came from, who it came from and why it has come out now."
Yet The Telegraph reported Sunday that the Palace itself might have accidentally released the home movie to documentarians last year, when a related clip was made public as part of a royal exhibition at Buckingham Palace.
The Sunarticle does note that, despite Edward's known ties to Hitler, there is certainly no evidence that the Queen ever sympathized with the Nazis.
Experts also aimed to place the video in historical context. The Institute of Historical Research's Dr. Karina Urbach said "[Elizabeth] was a child when this film was shot, long before the atrocities of the Nazis became widely known." And historian James Holland added, "I don't think there was a child in Britain in the 1930s or 40s who has not performed a mock Nazi salute as a bit of a lark."
The publication of the video has ignited fierce controversy, with some readers defendingThe Sun's actions as documenting social history, while others stand by the Palace's condemnation of the newspaper as unfairly fabricating a link between the Queen and Nazism.
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