Photos of Young Queen Elizabeth Giving Nazi Salute Causes Controversy in Britain

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The Sun has published photos of Queen Elizabeth II giving a Nazi salute as a child and everyone is going nuts.

On Friday (July 17, 2015), the British newspaper published an article titled “Their Royal Heilnesses,” revealing footage of a then six-year-old Elizabeth being taught the Nazi salut by her uncle Edward VIII.

Buckingham Palace released a statement after the video was published:

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 photos are from a home movie that also shows the Queen with her mother Queen Elizabeth and sister Princess Margaret.

Ricky Gervais came to the Queen’s defense on Twitter, posting four tweets on Saturday morning (July 18, 2015) in response to the surfaced footage.

Despite the negative reactions, The Sun defends its decision to post the video: “These images have lain hidden for 82 years. We publish them today, knowing they do not reflect badly on our Queen, her late sister or mother in any way.”