Buckingham Palace said he was “disappointed” by the publication Friday by a British newspaper alleged images of the future Queen Elizabeth II, aged about six years, making the Nazi hello in the early 30s.
The tabloid The Sun made her one Saturday with an image with an image of the future queen, raising her right arm in the air. His mother, the late Queen Mother Elizabeth, does the same title chose.Le newspaper: “Their Royal Heilnesses”, a pun on ‘Highnesses’, ‘Highnesses’ in French, and “Heil Hitler”, the Nazi hello.
“It is disappointing that a film shot there eighty years and apparently from the personal archives of the royal family has been obtained and operated in this way,” said a Buckingham Palace spokesman in a statement.
There are ten, The Sun, the best-selling newspaper in Britain, published a photo of Prince Harry wearing a swastika armband at a costume party. Fifth in the Line of succession to the British throne, Harry had then apologized.
The images published Saturday by the Sun are taken from an amateur film, never released before, about twenty seconds, shot in 1933 or 1934 in the summer residence of the royal family, the Scottish castle of Balmoral.
The video, posted on the newspaper’s website, shows the future queen raising his arm three times in the air, dancing and playing with a dog corgi. In the group there is also the sister of the Queen, Princess Margaret and their uncle, the future King Edward VIII, who apparently is trying to encourage them to do so.
The precise nature of the links of Edward VIII with the Nazis is still debated in Britain. Edward met Hitler in Germany in 1937, a year after he abdicated in order to marry an American divorcee, Wallis Simpson.
The Sun has justified the publication of these pictures, saying they offered “a fascinating insight twisted prejudices of Edward VIII.”
“We are releasing today knowing that they in no way give a bad image of our Queen, his deceased sister and mother,” the newspaper added.
A source close to the royal family speaking on condition of anonymity said that the future queen was “quite unable to give meaning to this gesture” at a young age.
“The service and dedication of the queen and her family to the welfare of our nation during the war (World War II, ed) and 63 years since the Queen has gone to build relationships between nations and peoples speak for themselves, “added the source.
According to the same source, “nobody at that time knew how it (the situation in Germany, ed) would evolve.”
The condition in which many Britons still hold the Queen Mother, who died in 2002, is largely related to its decision and that of her husband, King George VI, not to leave London during the “Blitz”, the German bombing London during the summer of 1940.