Queen Elizabeth ll taught the Nazi salute as a child – BBC VIDEO

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 says.

The Queen Mother then raises her arm in the style of 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.

The footage is thought to have been shot in 1933 or 1934, when Hitler was rising to prominence as Fuhrer in Germany but the circumstances in which it was shot are unclear.

BBC Royal correspondent Sarah Campbell said Buckingham Palace was not denying the footage was authentic but that there were “questions over how this video has been released”.

  • Edward was uncle of the young princess Elizabeth and brother of George VI
  • He briefly became King himself in 1936 but abdicated just 326 days later because of his plans to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson – a marriage government and church figures deemed unacceptable
  • Replaced by George VI, Edward was one of the shortest reigning monarchs in British history
  • In October 1937, Edward and his wife – by now the Duke and Duchess of Windsor – visited Nazi Germany with the idea of discussing becoming a figurehead for an international movement for peace on Hitler’s terms
  • During the controversial visit they met Hitler and dined with his deputy, Rudolf Hess
  • Evidence emerged Edward went to the early stages of a concentration camp, although it is not thought evidence of mass murder was made clear to him
  • He moved to France with the Duchess after the war and died there in 1972

Queen Nazi salute film: Palace ‘disappointed’ at use – BBC News

Queen Nazi salute film: Palace ‘disappointed’ at use – BBC News
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