British tabloid publishes footage of young Queen Elizabeth giving Nazi salute

There is outrage from the British Royal Family after The Sun newspaper published images of Queen Elizabeth giving what appears to be a Nazi salute. (KGO-TV)

There is outrage from the British Royal Family after a newspaper published images of Queen Elizabeth giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.
The Sun newspaper released a picture from an old home movie of 7-year-old Elizabeth performing the salute with her mother, sister and uncle in 1933 when Adolf Hitler came to power.

A military historian told The Sun they were joking. "I start from the position, The Sun starts from the position, a relatively purist position, that it is in the public and national interest to reveal what is a document, a piece of footage of historical and cultural significance," Sun Newspaper Managing Editor Stig Abell said.

"And I read thousands and thousands of her letters written in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s and I would say there is not a scintilla of evidence that she wrote anything ever or felt anything ever that was pro-Nazi," William Shawcross said.

Police are searching for the person who copied the clip from the restricted Royal archive and released it to the paper.

Buckingham Palace called it 'disappointing' that a film, shot eight decades ago was being exploited by the paper.

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