Truth about Royal ‘Nazi salute’: Queen was just waving
THE truth about archive film footage in which the Queen as a child appears to make a Nazi salute can be revealed today.
Stills from the 17-second silent film, made in 1933, show Prince Edward, the Queen Mother, the six-year-old future Queen and her three-year-old sister, Princess Margaret, playing in the gardens at Balmoral.
An expert lip reader has examined the footage and has been able to recount the exact words used, which completely vindicate the Royals.
“This film is definitely not about Nazi salutes,” said Jessica Rees.
“The Queen Mother and Prince Edward are encouraging the children to wave – the Queen then encourages her sister, Margaret, to wave.”
On the film Princess Margaret says, “Oh la la la la la la,” as she sings and dances around.
Her mother says: “Oh look darlings, there she is!” referring to someone out of shot.
Prince Edward says: “Yes, yes, come on, come on, give her a wave.”
Princess Elizabeth shouts to Princess Margaret: “Wave! Wave! Hellooooo.”
She then says to her sister: “Now dance, dance, dance.”
Their mother adds: “Yes hello, hello.”
Prince Edward then shouts: “Heelllloooo!”
Ms Rees, who was born deaf, is Britain’s leading forensic lip reader.
Her list of clients includes the National Crime Squad, The National Criminal Intelligence Service the Metropolitan Police and the FBI.
She has spent the last six months working for both the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum deciphering films taken during the First and Second World Wars to see what soldiers actually said.
Her intervention comes after claims that the footage showed the Princess and her mother were making Nazi salutes.
Last night Ms Rees said: “I viewed this footage 23 times, and I am in no doubt about what they are saying to each other.
“This has nothing whatsoever to do with any Nazi salute. Anyone who says the contrary is simply wrong.”
The film begins by showing young Princess Elizabeth, aged only six, chasing after a dog. At one point she points in the air.
She is then followed by her mother, and even young Margaret joins in, before her uncle, Edward, then Prince of Wales, stretches his right arm into the air in what has been interpreted as a high Nazi salute.
The suggestion drew fury and accusations of “exploitation” from royal circles and members of the public, with the Queen’s cousin calling it “an aberration” while historian Hugo Vickers claimed it was a “deliberate attempt to besmirch all four royals”.
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