Big deal! Children playing and the nazi salute is given in 1933. I think Prince Harry's nazi halloween costume was harmless too. It's time to get over this silly hysteria. edition.cnn.com/2015/07/18/europe/uk-queen-nazi-salute-footage/index.html QUOTE: UK newspaper publishes footage of Queen giving Nazi salute as child July 18, 2015 London (CNN)The Sun newspaper has sparked a furor in Britain by releasing decades-old footage of Queen Elizabeth II -- then a young girl -- giving a Nazi salute as she played with her family.
Buckingham Palace criticized the newspaper's decision to publish on its website the private family film, which was shot around 1933, when the future Queen was only about 6 years old and as Adolf Hitler had just risen to power in Germany.
"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," a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.
The print version of the Sun, Britain's best-selling tabloid newspaper, published a still image taken from the footage -- showing Elizabeth alongside her mother, her 3-year-old sister Princess Margaret and her uncle, who would later be crowned Edward VIII -- on its front page with the headline, "Their royal heilnesses."
The short black-and-white clip, filmed at the royals' Balmoral estate in Scotland, shows Edward -- whom the paper describes as "Nazi-sympathising" -- apparently encouraging his young nieces and sister-in-law to perform the salute, before himself joining them.
"While there is clearly no suggestion that the Queen or Queen Mother were ever Nazi sympathisers, Edward's links with Hitler and fascism are very well documented," the article says.
The Sun also quotes a historian, Karina Urbach of the London-based Institute of Historical Research, as describing the footage as "an important historical document that asks serious questions of the Royal Family."
Source: Queen was entirely innocent of gesture's meaning
Edward would subsequently go on to meet with Hitler in Germany in 1937, a year after he abdicated the throne in order to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson, leading to Elizabeth's father's ascension as King George VI.
It's not clear who was filming the 17-second segment of grainy footage posted on The Sun's website. Nor does the newspaper say who provided what it says is a copy of the original film, made several years ago.
A royal 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 Queen was about 6 years old at the time, the source said, and "entirely innocent of attaching any meaning to these gestures."
The Queen and her family's service to the nation during World War II and the 63 years of her reign she has spent "building relations between nations and peoples speaks for itself," the source added.
Hitler was appointed chancellor of a coalition government early in 1933, and the National Socialists had been rapidly and ruthlessly consolidating their power over the government and the population that year. However, many outside Germany hadn't yet come to see Nazism as a threat.
The Sun: Images give fascinating insight
The Sun also published a separate explanation of why it decided to run the footage, saying the images must be seen in their historical context.
"These images have lain hidden for 82 years. We publish them today, knowing they do not reflect badly on our Queen, her late sister or mother in any way," it said.
"They do, however, provide a fascinating insight into the warped prejudices of Edward VIII and his friends in that bleak, paranoid, tumultuous decade."
Elizabeth ascended to the throne in 1952 following the death of her father.
The swasika was also used in many ancient and pre WW2 countries and meant completely different things. Even Coca Cola used the swastika in a 1925 advertising campaign. de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika The political correctness orthodoxy wants all these forms of greetings or symbols outlawed because something, somewhere, somehow a negative association was made. I say laugh it off!
Very interesting @menantol . I never heard of the Bellamy Salute of course that was way before my time. A lot of older people never talk about all these interesting facts that us naive younger people have no idea of.
The tabloids are really having a field day with this hyped up version of the Queen's salute that they're selling.
The English tabloid sellers have no scruples about publishing the muck that will sell their rags.
Tabloid sellers do the same most anywhere.
The US tabloids seem to concentrate more on extraterrestrial stuff, ghost sightings, the bizarre in general and yes I guess that sells for them. It doesn't offend me as much either.
The English tabloids are more into character assaination in a subtle or blunt form which may sell their rags, but I find it offensive.
In Germany there's only one "Tabloid" with a large circulation "Bild" and it tends to be "populist" in it's perspective. Bild presented Marianne Bachmeier who gunned down the pedophile, rapist of her 7 year old daughter Anna in court after he wouldn't stop inventing his twisted lies about her and spouting them in court. Bild gave a symphathetic presentation of her.