Come on, every 6-year-old goes through a Hitler phase.
You mean a monarchy based on blood relations kinda fux with Hitler?! (via The Sun)
The U.K. tabloid The Sun, which is like the New York Post but somehow more terrible, uncovered a video of a young Queen Elizabeth II giving the Nazi salute. The 17-second clip was filmed in 1933 on grainy black-and-white celluloid film (the Vine of its time period). From left to right, the clip features Queen Elizabeth's mother (some British lady who thought she ruled India), a 6-year-old Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth's uncle Edward VIII (also thought he ruled India), and a three-year-old Princess Margaret.
Even though people are going crazy over the photo, Queen Elizabeth never actually supported Nazism. She was only in her teens during the war and actually went to great lengths to use her position of power to support British victims of the blitzkrieg. She also served as a mechanic in the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service during the war (and famously still knows how to repair a truck). Her younger sister just continued her studies, since she was too young to get involved. Elizabeth's mother, on the other hand, was one of the leading figures in the United Kingdom's fight against Fascism. Hitler once even called her "The most dangerous woman in Europe" for the threat she posed to his regime. The real shadiness of this video lies with Edward VIII.
Edward VIII was a total Nazi-loving dickhead for a significant portion of his life. He openly expressed support for Hitler, and even visited him in 1937. Hitler was hoping to use him to his advantage, but Edward abdicated his power so he could marry his twice-divorced lover (royalty wasn't allowed to marry divorcees), so he wasn't much help. Here's a black-and-white film picture (the Instagram of its time) of Edward and his wife meeting the führer:
"OMG let's throw this on the 'gram." (via Wikipedia)
Obviously, Buckingham Palace is pissed. This video was somehow smuggled out of their private, personal collection and they think the public is misinterpreting it. Many historians have spring to the family's defense, with statements such as:
I don't think there was a child in Britain in the 1930s or 40s who has not performed a mock Nazi salute as a bit of a lark.
It just shows the Royal Family are as human as the next man.
They're basically saying, "Ay, come on, it was the 30s! People threw up a heil once in a while, it's NBD."
Meanwhile, other historians are thrilled, since the artifacts like this deepen our understanding of complicated historical relations between Germany and the U.K. Watch is below for yourself. Make sure to turn your volume up, since the sound is a little hard to hear.