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Buckingham Palace Is "Disappointed" At The Use Of Images Of The Queen Giving The Nazi Salute

The Palace said it is "misleading and dishonest" of The Sun to publish them.

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Buckingham Palace has said it is "misleading and dishonest" of The Sun to publish images of the Queen and Queen Mother, appearing to give a Nazi salute.

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The images, taken from a newly discovered reel of cine-film from around 1933-1934 show members of the Royal family, including The Queen, aged around 7, her mother, Princess Margaret and Prince Edward raising their arms in a Nazi salute.

According to The Sun, Prince Edward once described Hitler as "not a bad chap" and was known to have connections to the rising Nazi party before he became King.

Buckingham Palace has not denied the authenticity of the footage, according to BBC Royal correspondent Sarah Campbell, but said that there are "questions over how this video has been released."

However, Buckingham Palace told BuzzFeed News that they will not be investigating how The Sun obtained the footage at this stage.

The Sun has refused to say how it obtained the footage, but defends their decision to publish it, calling it an "important and interesting story," according to the BBC.

The Palace said that the family is simply referencing a gesture that they would have seen in newsreels at the time.

In a statement, the Palace said, "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."

The spokesperson for the Palace added "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."

According to the Palace's statement, the publication of the images is particularly disappointing because "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."

The controversial story has been making waves on Twitter, where some have recognised that the gesture was widely and more innocently used at the time.

England team 1938 doing #NaziSalute the #context of 7 year old Queen Elizabeth doing hers

Don't worry Queen Elizabeth; these things happen...

A child can not necessarily be held responsible for their actions, some have comically pointed out.

Dear Queen, U can't be blamed for what adults make u do as a child. My mum once sent me to school dressed as a carrot

Others have found The Sun's revelations somewhat questionable.

I mean seriously, what are The Sun claiming? That the Queen, aged six, was secretly a Nazi?

While some are seemingly not so convinced by the Palace's defense.

Dear The Queen, I've got a tree in my garden that looks like Hitler. Pop by any time to take a look. Your pal, etc.


LOL and now the queen claims she was playing when she did a Nazi salute. I guess that's as truthful as Bill Clinton initial denial.

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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