Footage of Queen Elizabeth II giving a Nazi salute as a child on Sunday revived an uncomfortable debate about the British royal family’s historic links to Adolf Hitler’s murderous regime in Germany. The queen was still princess Elizabeth, aged around six, when the black-and-white home movie released by The Sun newspaper was shot in 1933 or 1934 and could not have known the significance of the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute. The video shows her uncle, the future king Edward VIII, encouraging her as well as her mother and sister. He is a more compromised figure, with many historians accusing him of being sympathetic to the Nazi regime. After years of overtures, Edward met Hitler in Germany in 1937. This followed his abdication as king in 1936 after less than a year on the throne over his desire to marry American divorcee

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