Nazi salute

The Sun leads on a movie film from 1933 in which it is alleged that the Queen and the Queen Mother are taught to raise their arms in a Nazi salute.

THE Queen and Queen Mum raise a Nazi salute in an astonishing home movie shot at Balmoral and seen today for the first time.

The film shows the then Princess Elizabeth, just seven, larking about in 1933.

Egging on her sister Princess Margaret, three, is their uncle Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. He was a sympathiser towards Hitler’s Nazi Germany and became King Edward VIII.

The stunning film footage of the Queen performing a Nazi salute is today revealed by The Sun.

The astonishing clip lay hidden for eight decades. The grainy home movie is thought to have been shot in 1933 or 1934, as Hitler rose to supreme power in Germany. []

Other media criticise The Sun for showing this video.  ITV News claims Buckingham Palace is ‘disappointed’ at the footage.

Buckingham Palace has defended footage from 1933 published by The Sun showing The Queen as a child performing a Nazi salute.

The palace responded after the newspaper published the footage, which it claims shows Edward VIII – then Prince Edward – teaching the salute to his neices – a then seven-year-old Princess Elizabeth and three-year-old Princess Margaret.

The Queen Mother is also pictured alongside them performing the gesture.

A spokesperson for the palace said: “It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from Her Majesty’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.” []

The BBC also reports Buckingham Palace’s disappointment.

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”.

The 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. []

As does the Guardian.

Buckingham Palace has criticised the Sun newspaper for publishing footage of the Queen giving the Nazi salute as a child. The palace said that the paper had exploited footage that appeared to have come from the monarch’s personal archives.

The Sun ran an image from the grainy footage from the early 1930s of a young Elizabeth playing with her sister Margaret on its front page on Saturday. The two children are accompanied by their uncle Edward – then Prince of Wales – and their mother in the gardens of Balmoral. The footage shows Elizabeth, at the apparent instigation of both her uncle and her mother, raising her right arm straight in salute to the camera.

A palace spokesman said: “It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from her majesty’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.”

The film lasts about 17 seconds and shows Elizabeth playing with a dog on the lawn in the gardens of Balmoral, the Sun claims, before she raises an arm to wave to the camera with Margaret. The Queen Mother then makes a Nazi salute and, after glancing towards her mother, Elizabeth mimics the gesture. The Queen Mother repeats the salute, joined by Edward, and Margaret raises her left hand before the two children continue dancing and playing on the grass. []

And the Mail.

Buckingham Palace has reacted with fury after footage of the Queen performing a Nazi salute as a young girl was released by The Sun last night.

The shocking film from 1933 shows Edward VIII teaching his nieces the seven-year-old future Queen and her three-year-old sister Princess Margaret how to do the salute in the gardens at Balmoral.

The publication of the 17-second film has outraged many across the nation who believe that the Queen cannot be held responsible for her actions as a girl playing with her family.

Buckingham Palace last night slammed The Sun for the publication of the footage, obtained from the family’s private archive, saying it is ‘disappointing’ that the film has been ‘obtained and exploited in this manner’.

A palace spokesman said: ‘It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from her Majesty’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.’ []

The Express claims Buckingham Palace officials have defended the Queen.

ROYAL officials have defended shocking footage showing the Queen allegedly performing a Nazi salute with her family.

The clip is believed to show the Queen – then aged six or seven – join the Queen Mother and her uncle Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales, in raising an arm in salute.

Her younger sister, Princess Margaret, also allegedly raises an arm to wave to the camera on the gardens of Balmoral.

The two children are then seeing playing and dancing on the lawn in the gardens of Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The grainy footage was shot in 1933 or 1934, when Adolf Hitler was rising to prominence as Fuhrer in Germany.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “It is disappointing that film, shot eight decades ago and apparently from Her Majesty’s personal family archive, has been obtained and exploited in this manner.” []

The Telegraph also claims the palace is ‘disappointed’ at the footage

Buckingham Palace says it is “disappointing” that The Sun is ‘exploiting’ the Royal family’s personal film archive to suggest the Queen took part in a Nazi salute

Buckingham Palace on Friday night condemned the “exploitation” by a tabloid newspaper of footage of the Queen and her family performing Nazi salutes in 1933.

The seven-year-old Princess Elizabeth, as she then was, is shown in a home movie playing up to the camera in black and white footage shot by the future King George VI at Balmoral.

The Queen, her sister Princess Margaret, their mother Queen Elizabeth and their uncle the Prince of Wales, later Edward VIII, all make Nazi salutes in what appears to be mockery of Adolf Hitler.

The Sun newspaper has printed still images from the cine film on its front page on Saturday, with the headline “Their Royal Heilnesses”, which sources close to the Queen described as “misleading and dishonest”. []


In other news, the Times reports that the relationship between the Prime Minister and London mayor Boris Johnson have deteriorated.

Relations between David Cameron and Boris Johnson have suffered a serious rupture over allegations that the prime minister has been inflicting “deliberate humiliation” on the mayor of London.

An 18-month truce between the pair, brokered by the Tory strategist Lynton Crosby before the election, seems to have ended amid a welter of mistrust, briefings and apparent snubs.

Friends of Mr Johnson, who returned to the Commons as MP for Uxbridge in May, believe a concerted effort is under way to belittle and undermine the mayor to hamper his ambitions for the leadership.  “This is Operation Kill Boris,” said one. []

The EU

The problems in Greece rumble on with City AM claiming German MPs have voted in favour of a third bailout deal

It’s Chancellor Angela Merkel’s birthday, and to celebrate the German parliament has voted in favour of starting negotiations with Greece for a third bailout deal.

There was a clear majority in the Bundestag with 439 voting in favour against 119 votes against. 40 lawmakers abstained.

Merkel, who has been a tough negotiator previously, was urging MPs to back the deal, saying she was “absolutely convinced it was the way forward” and that the only alternative to the deal would be “predictable chaos”.

We’re doing this for Greece, as much as for the German people.

However, 50 members of Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc  defied her and voted against talks beginning on a third bailout.

Germany, as the Eurozone’s largest economy, was one of the key states that must agree before the deal can go ahead.

While German lawmakers supported starting negotiations, citizens of Germany would have preferred their representatives to oppose the proposal. A survey by YouGov found 56 per cent of Germans opposing the the proposal, with only 29 per cent in favour. 15 per cent were undecided know.[]

The Guardian claims formal talks are ready to start.

The eurozone is ready to start formal talks with Athens over an €86bn (£60bn) bailout, paving the way for a month of wrangling over the bitterly disputed question of easing Greece’s debt burden.

Greece is also getting a €7bn emergency bridging loan from an EU-wide rescue fund, ensuring it will not crash out of the eurozone on Monday when a critical debt repayment falls due.

The emergency €7bn loan was approved with the unanimous consent of 27 EU countries, after the UK and other non-eurozone countries were offered safeguards aimed at protecting their taxpayers from a Greek default.

The desperately needed bridge finance will give Greece breathing space as it embarks on the tortuous process of agreeing a three-year bailout that could be worth up to €86bn. []

But our own Nigel claims that staying in the EU could destroy Nato and doom the Special Relationship

BRITAIN voting to stay in the EU could wreck Britain’s special relationship with America, Nigel Farage has warned.

The Ukip leader has this week been on a media offensive in Washington, and told American politicians to rethink what he believes is an overly positive view of the EU.

Blasting President Obama as the “biggest pro-EU cheerleader that the U.S. has ever produced”, he said: “Even the International Monetary Fund based in Washington, D.C. now appears to be a branch office of the European Commission”.

Mr Farage also claimed that Britain voting to stay in the EU would mean the creation of a single European army, air force and navy.

Despite the approval of penny-pinching Whitehall mandarins wanting to slash the defence budget, this “deeper military integration” could eventually destroy Nato and reduce Britain and America’s influence on the world stage, Farage said. []


The Times reports that the US is ready to switch off Russia’s cash supply

The United States is ready to starve Russia of access to western credit if President Putin fails to meet demands for peace in Ukraine.

The punitive measures against Mr Putin’s inner circle of oligarchs and their extensive business interests would mark a dramatic escalation in financial sanctions against Moscow.

Proposals drawn up in Washington include an attempt to close off western credit markets for Russia, according to senior US officials.

“Let’s see what Putin’s friends make of that,” said one. []

Labour leadership

The Mirror claims the Prime Minister has been advising Jeremy Corbyn how to become Labour leader.

David Cameron has cheekily given Jeremy Corbyn advice on how to win the Labour crown.

The Prime Minister, who overcame David Davis in the 2005 Tory leadership contest, bumped into the left-winger in the Commons.

He told a Conservative MPs’ meeting that he said to Mr Corbyn: “You have got to be the change candidate – I was the outsider.”

Meanwhile, Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna has accused the party of acting like “a petulant child, screaming at the electorate”.

He accused the party of damaging its image among voters as the chaotic fallout from May’s ballot box disaster continued. []

Chilcot inquiry

The Mirror claims Sir John Chilcot has snubbed offers of help to release his report.

Stubborn Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot has snubbed an offer of help aimed at speeding-up his long-delayed report.

David Cameron suggested giving the probe chief more staff in a desperate bid to finally publish his findings.

But Sir John dismissed the offer to boost his team, claiming extra workers were not needed.

MPs are increasingly angry at the time it has taken him to deliver his £10million report – six years after the inquiry was set-up.

He admitted in February he had underestimated the time it would take to study the 150,000 pieces of evidence. But he insisted he didn’t need more than his 14 staff.

Frustrated Mr Cameron has hit out at the repeated delays – and asked Sir John to meet Britain’s top civil servant to thrash out a deal to tackle the hold-ups.

The meeting with the Whitehall chief, Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, took place on July 7, with the inquiry chairman refusing to accept more help.

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said on Friday: “It’s for the inquiry to asses what they need. The inquiry have been working with the Cabinet Office on the work that the Government needs to do to support the inquiry. []

Letter to America

Breitbart runs a letter to America by our own Nigel Farage which warns them about the ‘special relationship’.

Dear American friends,

You are on the verge of losing your greatest ever ally – and I felt moved enough by this fact to visit your country’s capital this week, a trip which I have very much enjoyed.

I’m very grateful to the Heritage Foundation for providing myself and a group of European politicians with a platform, it is clear that the think tank community in Washington, D.C. is alive and well, and absolutely dwarves anything that now exists in London.

I came on this trip with a very specific and direct message. We have in our sights a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Something my party has been fighting for 22 years against the political establishment for. This vote will directly affect the United States’s “special relationship” with their best ally – the United Kingdom –and I urge you all to pay great attention to the debate over the coming months, because this will be written about in history books for decades if not longer. Especially if we fail.

Way back in the early 1960’s, America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other US government bodies were very keen to get the United Kingdom into what was then called the European Economic Community (EEC). This is hardly a surprise, given the huge cost in both human and financial terms that it took to win the Second World War. And the U.S. still had half a million men on European soil to maintain the peace – a massive undertaking. []

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