Uncovered film shows Queen Elizabeth II rehearsing Nazi salute as a child
A secret home movie that lay hidden for as long as eight decades, has just been released. It shows Queen Elizabeth II performing a Nazi salute as a child with her mother, sister and uncle at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The video was most likely filmed between 1933 and 1934, after Hitler’s rise to power in Germany. The black-and-white footage, obtained by the British tabloid The Sun, features the then seven year-old Princess Elizabeth thrusting her right arm into the air in Adolf Hitler’s signature gesture. She is seen dancing and waving excitedly at the camera with her younger sister Margaret, who was around three at the time. Their mother, Elizabeth (later known as the Queen Mother) and their uncle, Prince Edward (whose links to the Nazis still remain a controversy) are also seen performing the notorious salute.
A prominent academic, Dr Karina Urbach from the London-based Institute of Historical Research, has described the film as “pretty shocking.”
“The Queen has a proud Second World War record and sense of duty to her country and no one would ever suggest she was sympathetic to Nazi Germany,” the told the Sun.