Dark crown spots. How the Windsors were friends with Nazism

Story Queen Elizabeth II dies

The death of the British Queen Elizabeth II has become an occasion to recall the various pages of her long life. The crowned lady was respected both in the country and abroad, but there were still some dubious stories.

Family Siegheil

In 2015, a very entertaining chronicle of the royal family, dated to the first half of the 1930s, was published in the UK. The footage captures the royal family: the future Queen of Great Britain Elizabeth II, who at that time was about 7 years old, her sister Margaret, their mother Elizabeth Angela Margaret Bowes-Lyon, as well as Elizabeth's uncle and PrinceEdward of Wales.

First, Elizabeth and Margaret simply wave their hands at the camera, and then the girls, as well as adults, raise their hands in a Nazi salute.

Buckingham Palace recognized the authenticity of the recording, expressing regret at its publication, and also drew attention to the fact that Elizabeth was young and did not understand the meaning of the gesture she was doing.

But, as we have already said , next to the girls were adults who were fully aware of their actions. 

«His Royal Highness salutes the Nazi salute»

“His Royal Highness smiles and salutes the crowds of people gathered under his windows next to the hotel, the Nazi salute,” — so wrote a journalist of The Times, describing the visit to the Third Reich of the same Edward, who managed to stay in the rank of monarch in 1936.

Edward VIII The Duke and Duchess of Windsor at a meeting with Hitler. Photo: www.globallookpress.com

Edward VIII is known to the public mainly because he abdicated in order to marry an American Wallis Simpson. Behind the scenes of the romantic plot is that a member of the royal family openly expressed sympathy for the Nazis.

The story of the zigzag from the balcony happened after the abdication, when Edward came to Germany as the Duke of Windsor. The crowd outside the hotel was shouting “Heil Windsor! Heil Eduard! The member of the royal family clearly enjoyed it all.

Moreover, German intelligence planned to return Edward to the British throne. In London, they were so alarmed by such plans that they sent the ex-king to overseas colonies, where he stayed until the end of World War II.

The Duke of Windsor, Edward VIII, visits the Ordensburg Kresinsee in Pomerania, one of three training centers for the leadership of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), during his visit to Germany on October 14, 1937. The Duke inspects the SS men lined up at the gates of the castle. 10/14/1937. Photo: www.globallookpress.com

Sir fascist: Oswald Mosley and his friends

There is nothing more stupid than to represent Edward VIII as a kind of renegade and degenerate in a decent family. In the circles of the British aristocracy, many did not hide frank sympathies for the Nazis.

Up until 1940, that is, even after the outbreak of World War II, the British Union of Fascists, headed by Oswald Mosley. His wife, Diana Mitford, belonged to an influential aristocratic English family. Diana's sister, Unity, was not just a supporter of the ideas of National Socialism, but also a close acquaintance of Hitler. So close that some historians even call her the Fuhrer's mistress.

Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Fascist Union 01/01/1935 — 12/31/1935. Photo: www.globallookpress.com

Mosley felt so free that even in the press he spoke of his intention to commit a fascist coup in Britain. This orgy was almost single-handedly stopped by Winston Churchill, who became Prime Minister of Great Britain, who achieved the internment of Mosley and other leaders of British fascism.

That's just the conclusion of Mosley took place in fairly comfortable conditions. Moreover, he was allowed to live in it with his wife, run a household, etc. And in 1943, that is, at the height of the war, he was released & nbsp; by the grace of King George VI — father of Elizabeth II.

Why such a concern? The fact is that the future king, in his youth, walked at Mosley's first wedding, when he married Lady Cynthia Curzon, daughter of Lord George Curzon, head of the UK Foreign Office. The same Curzon, whose ultimatum to the Soviet Union went down in history.

Actually, Mosley himself was far from being a proletarian, having inherited the title of baronet and the prefix “sir”; to your name. After his release, Mosley returned to active political activity, calling for the unification of Europe in opposition to the “expansionist plans of the USSR.” And although the number one British fascist himself never made it to Parliament, today his ideas have actually become the political mainstream in Britain.

“They really supported the ban on the Jews”

Four sisters of Prince Philip, the future husband of Elizabeth II, married German aristocrats who supported Hitler. Moreover, three of Philip's four sisters were themselves members of the NSDAP.

The sacred duty of Elizabeth. The life of the British Queen in photographs

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain (Queen Elizabeth II) was born on April 21, 1926 in London in the family of the Duke and Duchess of York. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth. 1926

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), as the future queen was named at birth, is from the Windsor dynasty. She is the eldest daughter of the Duke of York George, the future King George VI of Great Britain (1895-1952) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002). © www.globallookpress.com/Elizabeth in 1929.

Elizabeth received a good education at home, in addition to the usual school subjects, she was taught the basics of economics, jurisprudence and constitutional law. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. 1933

The curriculum also included lessons in horseback riding, dancing and music. Her mother introduced her to palace etiquette. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth. 1937

After the abdication of her uncle, King Edward VIII, and her father's accession to the throne in December 1936, 10-year-old Elizabeth became heir to the British throne and moved with her parents from Kensington to Buckingham Palace. © www.globallookpress.com/Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. 1927

In preparation for political life, the future queen began attending constitutional history classes at Eton College. © www.globallookpress.com/Elizabeth in 1955.

At the outbreak of war in 1939 they were evacuated to Windsor Palace. During World War II, Elizabeth insisted that her parents let her enlist in the military. She mastered the profession of a driver in a military transport training center, having received the qualification of a truck driver, learned how to change tires on a truck, disassemble and assemble a motor. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth and her family. 1951

Elizabeth's close acquaintance with royal duties began in 1944, when she became a member of the Council of State and began to get involved in business, replacing George VI when he went on a trip to the fronts. © www.globallookpress.com/The Queen in 1954.

February 6, 1952, King George VI died of a lung disease, Elizabeth, who was at that time with her husband on vacation in Kenya, was declared Queen of Great Britain on the same day. However, the official coronation ceremony of Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey in London took place only a year later, on June 2, 1953. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

Since that time, she has been Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and is also the queen of 15 Commonwealth states (Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint -Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Jamaica), Head of the Anglican Church, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Lord of the Isle of Man. © www.globallookpress.com

On November 20, 1947, Elizabeth married her distant relative, who, like her, is the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria – Prince Philip Mountbatten, son of the Greek Prince Andrew, who was then an officer in the British Navy. She met him at the age of 13, when Philip was still a cadet at the Dortmouth Naval School. Becoming her husband, Philip received the title of Duke of Edinburgh. © www.globallookpress.com

Four children were born in their family: the heir to the throne – the eldest son Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales (born 1948); Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise (born 1950); Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York (born 1960), Edward Anthony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex (born 1964).

During the reign of Elizabeth, there was a very large and significant period in British history – the country lost all its colonies, got bogged down in the conflict in Northern Ireland, won the Falklands War, and also took part in two military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

The Queen's special passion is horses and horse racing. She is a good rider herself and every year she watches the main competitions with interest, and also breeds horses in her stables. © flickr.com/June 13, 1970.

Despite the fact that over the long period of her reign, the Queen has been repeatedly criticized not only by ordinary Britons, but also by her closest associates, Elizabeth II remains one of the most popular monarchs in the world. Indeed, thanks to her personal qualities, in particular, her stubborn and courageous character, the queen was able to maintain the prestige of the British monarchy at the height. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

Elizabeth is the oldest monarch in British history by age, but the record for the longest reign set by Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years and seven months, she has yet to break. To do this, she needs to stay on the throne until at least September 9, 2015. © www.globallookpress.com

In 2012, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the famous Big Ben clock tower at the British Parliament building in London was officially renamed the “Elizabeth Tower”. © www.globallookpress.com

The Queen speaks fluent French and during visits and audiences with representatives of Francophone countries does without an interpreter. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

Ever since her youth, Elizabeth II has been a fan of the corgi, a noble hunting breed, several of which constantly accompany her on vacation. The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog, the Dorgi. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

In 2006, Buckingham Palace released 80 fascinating facts from the life of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, thanks to which it became known that the Queen is fond of photography, loves to take pictures of her family members. In 1997, the Queen launched the first ever website of the British monarchy. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

On December 29, 2010, Elizabeth II became a great-grandmother for the first time. On this day, her eldest grandson, Princess Anne's eldest son Peter Phillips, and his Canadian wife, Autumn Kelly, had a daughter. The girl became 12th in the British line of succession. © www.globallookpress.com/The Queen in 2002.

In November 2007, the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their “diamond wedding” – the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage. For the sake of such an occasion, the Queen allowed herself a little liberties – for one day they retired with her husband for romantic memories in Malta, where Prince Philip once served, and the young Princess Elizabeth visited him. © flickr.com/Michael Garnett

Elizabeth's Sacred Duty. The life of the British Queen in pictures

Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain (Queen Elizabeth II) was born April 21, 1926 in London in the family of the Duke and Duchess of York. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth. 1926

Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor), as the future queen was named at birth, is from the Windsor dynasty. She is the eldest daughter of the Duke of York George, the future King George VI of Great Britain (1895-1952) and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (1900-2002). © www.globallookpress.com/Elizabeth in 1929.

Elizabeth received a good education at home, in addition to the usual school subjects, she was taught the basics of economics, jurisprudence and constitutional law. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. 1933

The curriculum also included lessons in horseback riding, dancing and music. Her mother introduced her to palace etiquette. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth with Princess Elizabeth. 1937

After the abdication of her uncle, King Edward VIII, and her father's accession to the throne in December 1936, 10-year-old Elizabeth became heir to the British throne and moved with her parents from Kensington to Buckingham Palace. © www.globallookpress.com/Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose. 1927

In preparation for political life, the future queen began attending constitutional history classes at Eton College. © www.globallookpress.com/Elizabeth in 1955.

At the outbreak of war in 1939 they were evacuated to Windsor Palace. During World War II, Elizabeth insisted that her parents let her enlist in the military. She mastered the profession of a driver in a military transport training center, having received the qualification of a truck driver, learned how to change tires on a truck, disassemble and assemble a motor. © www.globallookpress.com/Queen Elizabeth and her family. 1951

Elizabeth's close acquaintance with royal duties began in 1944, when she became a member of the Council of State and began to get involved in business, replacing George VI when he went on a trip to the fronts. © www.globallookpress.com/The Queen in 1954.

On February 6, 1952, King George VI died of a lung disease, and Elizabeth, who was at that time with her husband on vacation in Kenya, was declared Queen of Great Britain on the same day. However, the official coronation ceremony of Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey in London took place only a year later, on June 2, 1953.

Since that time, she has been Queen Elizabeth II, head of state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and is also the queen of 15 Commonwealth states (Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint -Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Jamaica), Head of the Anglican Church, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Lord of the Isle of Man. © www.globallookpress.com

On November 20, 1947, Elizabeth married her distant relative, who, like her, is the great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria – Prince Philip Mountbatten, son of the Greek Prince Andrew, who was then an officer in the British Navy. She met him at the age of 13, when Philip was still a cadet at the Dortmouth Naval School. Becoming her husband, Philip received the title of Duke of Edinburgh. © www.globallookpress.com

Four children were born in their family: the heir to the throne – the eldest son Charles Philip Arthur George, Prince of Wales (born 1948); Princess Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise (born 1950); Prince Andrew Albert Christian Edward, Duke of York (born 1960), Edward Anthony Richard Louis, Earl of Wessex (born 1964). © flickr.com/Lee Haywood

During the reign of Elizabeth, there was a very large and significant period in British history – the country lost all its colonies, got bogged down in the conflict in Northern Ireland, won the Falklands War, and also took part in two military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

The Queen's special passion is horses and horse racing. She is a good rider herself and every year she watches the main competitions with interest, and also breeds horses in her stables. © flickr.com/June 13, 1970.

Despite the fact that over the long period of her reign, the Queen has been repeatedly criticized not only by ordinary Britons, but also by her closest associates, Elizabeth II remains one of the most popular monarchs in the world. Indeed, thanks to her personal qualities, in particular, her stubborn and courageous character, the queen was able to maintain the prestige of the British monarchy at the height.

Elizabeth is the oldest monarch in British history by age, but the record for the longest reign set by Queen Victoria, who ruled for 63 years and seven months, she has yet to break. To do this, she needs to stay on the throne until at least September 9, 2015. © www.globallookpress.com

In 2012, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, the famous Big Ben clock tower at the British Parliament building in London was officially renamed the “Elizabeth Tower”. © www.globallookpress.com

The Queen speaks fluent French and during visits and audiences with representatives of Francophone countries does without an interpreter. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

Ever since her youth, Elizabeth II has been a fan of the corgi, a noble hunting breed, several of which constantly accompany her on vacation. The Queen also introduced a new breed of dog, the Dorgi. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

In 2006, Buckingham Palace released 80 entertaining facts from the life of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, thanks to which it became known that the Queen is fond of photography, loves to take pictures of her family members. In 1997, the Queen launched the first ever website of the British monarchy. © flickr.com/BiblioArchives/LibraryArchives

On December 29, 2010, Elizabeth II became a great-grandmother for the first time. On this day, her eldest grandson, Princess Anne's eldest son Peter Phillips, and his Canadian wife, Autumn Kelly, had a daughter. The girl became 12th in the British line of succession. © www.globallookpress.com/The Queen in 2002.

In November 2007, the Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their “diamond wedding” – the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage. For the sake of such an occasion, the Queen allowed herself a little liberties – for one day they retired with her husband for romantic memories in Malta, where Prince Philip once served, and the young Princess Elizabeth visited him. © flickr.com/Michael Garnett

Interestingly, all these juicy details were hidden from the British public for a long time. When, decades later, a photo of the husband of one of Philip's sisters in an SS uniform surfaced, he said: “My relatives were not anti-Semites, but they did support the ban on Jews.”

Why did the British aristocracy have such tender feelings for Hitler? The fact is that the Nazi theories of “inferior peoples” noble persons of Foggy Albion were not at all frightened. Britain, building and strengthening the empire, did not shy away from the dirtiest methods.

Bengal Famine

In 1943, when George VI freed the ailing fascist Mosley, a monstrous humanitarian catastrophe broke out in Bengal, which was under the rule of the British crown. The colonial authorities, who feared the Japanese invasion, organized a mass export of food, primarily rice.

The result of this policy was a rise in food prices, which became inaccessible to ordinary peasants. Briton Wallace Aykroyddescribed what happened in Bengal in those months: “In August, I traveled by rail from Madras to Calcutta … Usually, on the Madras-Calcutta route, at the Kharagpur station, which is 50 kilometers from Calcutta, a restaurant car was hitched to the train, to provide breakfast for 1st and 2nd class passengers. I stepped out of the compartment in a good mood and, in anticipation of a hearty breakfast, headed for the dining car. The whole platform was teeming with emaciated, emaciated people of all ages and both sexes, hoping to catch a train bound for Calcutta. Many of them could hardly move. I remember only a bleating, whining sound that was made by a crowd of people suffering from hunger, expressing plea and hopelessness … Breakfast did not go down my throat, and I returned to the compartment.

Official data from the British Commission say, that 1.5 million people died from starvation in Bengal. Indian researchers believe that this figure is halved. 

The help of the mother country was extremely limited in this situation. And not because there were no opportunities to help, but because Churchill did not consider it necessary in the midst of the war to spend resources on saving some Bengalis there. & nbsp;

Swastika on the sleeve

Ideas for “living space” and “inferior peoples” were close and understandable to the British, and no ideological contradictions between them on this basis are found. The fact that in the end the Third Reich did not agree with Great Britain — it's just a matter of competition, not the conscientiousness and integrity of the British elite.

Of course, in the post-war period, Britain tried to sweep all these indecencies under the carpet, but the “dark spots” continue to crawl out from time to time.

In 2005, Prince Harry, grandson of Elizabeth II, showed up to one of the parties … in a Nazi uniform with a swastika on his sleeve. The scandal was extraordinary, but here rather the point was that Harry lit up in public. In the Windsor family and in the circles of the British elite, such things are preferred to be hidden behind the scenes.

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