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QUEEN: So much for the royal salute

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Sun publishes a front page pic of Queen on a Nazi pose. Is this fair or so out of context and merely positioned to create sensation….writes Bikram Vohra

BRITAIN-ROYALS-TROOPING THE COLOURIt could be the Queen was mocking the Nazi salute or the were playing games… she was seven. To sell it as an endorsement of Hitler seventy years later is really silly. She was seven.

The Sun has published the film which shows the Queen aged about seven, with her mother, sister and uncle.

The palace said it was “disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago… has been obtained and exploited”.

The newspaper has refused to say how it got the footage but said it was an “important and interesting story”.

Sun managing editor Stig Abell said he did not accept Buckingham Palace’s accusation that the footage has been “exploited”.

He said the newspaper had decided to publish the story because it was of great public importance and the involvement of Prince Edward gave it “historical significance”.

SUN QueenThe 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.

A Palace 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 source added: “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 then Prince of Wales faced numerous accusations of being a Nazi sympathiser and was photographed meeting Hitler in Munich in October 1937.

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