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How British High Society Fell in Love With the Nazis

Liverpool Antifascists

Edward & Wallis Simpson

The Duke of Windsor and Mrs. Wallis Warfield Simpson, a twice-divorced American, pose at the Chateau de Cande, near Tours, France, on April 14,1937. As Edward VIII, King of England since Jan. 20, 1936, the Duke abdicated the throne when his proposed marriage to Simpson could not be reconciled with his role as head of the Church of England. Simpson became the Duchess of Windsor when they married near Tours, France, on June 3, 1937. (AP Photo)

Controversy followed the publication of footage of a young queen giving a Nazi salute. But in those days, British high society’s worship of Hitler was in full bloom.

Buckingham Palace has attempted to brush off the film of a young Queen giving a Nazi salute as ‘horseplay’ and insisted that the family were simply ‘messing around’ for the camera when the film was taken—apparently around 1933 when the Queen was 7 or 8.

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