What the queen’s Nazi salute says about British high society in the 1930s (COMMENTARY)

(RNS) A London tabloid recently published a still from a 1933 black and white film taken at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle showing 7-year-old Princess Elizabeth, the future queen of England, extending her right arm upward in the notorious Nazi German salute. Joining in the grotesque gesture were her mother and Princess Margaret, Elizabeth’s sister. Teaching the salute is … Continue reading

How British High Society Fell in Love With the Nazis

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 … Continue reading