Buckingham Palace is none too pleased with the publication of footage showing the queen performing a Nazi salute as a young girl.
The Sun, a British tabloid and wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., posted a 17-second film from 1933 showing the queen’s uncle, Edward VIII, teaching her and her sister, Princess Margaret, how to do the salute, according to the Daily Mail.
The future Queen Elizabeth II was 7 years old at the time and her sister was 3.
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A spokesman for the royal family said it was “disappointing” that the Sun had “obtained and exploited” the film in the manner it did, the Mail reported.
Thousands of British residents were outraged over the film’s release, saying the queen cannot be held responsible for her actions as a child, according to the Mail. Others said the full atrocity of the Nazis had yet to play out in 1933.
The Mail included samples of the criticism from social media.
Here are some responses from Twitter:
The sun has sunk to a new low in insinuating that the Queen has Nazi sympathy’s with the head line “Their Royal Heilnesses”
— Bradley (@LoopyCrown3) July 17, 2015
@DavidJo52951945 In 1933 there was a lot of respect for the way the had turned Germany around. Was too early to know what lurked behind it.
— Andrew Sloan (@SloanAsloan1976) July 18, 2015
@DavidJo52951945 Looks like everyone has a crazy uncle on their family
— Alxandro (@Alxandro) July 18, 2015
@DavidJo52951945 Shame on The Sun for doing this – esp. now when demoralization is at a high – they should be boycotted after this
— Anne (@hornofgondor15) July 18, 2015
@DavidJo52951945 disgusting behaviour. Time for the sun to go. No benefit of publishing this except provocation.
— Ayman أيمن (@aikidude75) July 18, 2015
Really? What next from The #Sun? So the #Queen did a nazi salute in 1933! Taken out of context for the time. Gutter journalism at it’s worst
— Jonathan Levin (@Gawiesnr) July 18, 2015
@Gawiesnr I’m going to be awake for months worrying about what a seven year old child did back in 1933…..
— poppy maclean (@van_Eepies_Hof) July 18, 2015
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