Pictures emerge of the Queen and the Queen Mother being taught a Nazi salute by Edward VIII

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.

Nazi salute: A grainy photograph has emerged of the Queen performing a Nazi salute with her family in the gardens at Balmoral

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.’

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