Oy, Sunday’s Royal Round Up got pushed to Monday afternoon. Oh well, at least it’s up now. This week we’ve got some British royals, namely the Queen and an old video, Prince William and some shade, and Princess Eugenie doing not her official job. We’ve also got Princess Charlene giving an interview, Queen Mathilde rocking rug shorts, and the Swedes on summer vacation. Also we’re celebrating a birthday from Norway.
Crown Prince Haakon
Today is Crown Prince Haakon Of Norway’s birthday. He is 42 years old. Happy birthday, sir.
[The Queen did several engagements in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on July 16]
Some interesting news broke over the weekend regarding Queen Elizabeth II. Namely that when she was 7 year old Princess Elizabeth of York (as her father, King George VI, was the Duke of York at the time) she was supposedly taught the Nazi “Heil Hitler” salute by her Hitler-loving uncle, Edward – the Prince of Wales at the time, later King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor.
The video, released by The Sun, shows a young Princess Elizabeth, her sister Princess Margaret, and mother the then Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother) on the grounds of Balmoral in 1933 with Edward (who went by David, though his first name was in fact Edward which some people confuse) seemingly giving the Nazi salute.
Edward and Wallis Simpson were huge Nazi sympathizers and even met with Hitler at his home. Hitler even said Wallis “would have made a good Queen”.
Adolf Hitler with Duke and Duchess of Windsor pic.twitter.com/z9OICVb5R3
— Old Pics Archive (@oldpicsarchive) July 17, 2015
Edward is not the only one in the British royal family who has ties to the Nazi party. Three of Prince Philip‘s four sisters married men who later became high-ranking Nazi officials.
Interestingly, though the then Duchess of York was seen doing the Nazi salute in the video, she later would be described by Hitler as “the most dangerous woman in Europe” due to her anti-Hitler stance and ability to rally the people of Britain.
Buckingham Palace is of course not amused with the release of the video. They said: “Most people will see these pictures in their proper context and time. This is a family playing and momentarily referencing a gesture many would have seen from contemporary news reels. No one at that time had any sense how it would evolve. To imply anything else is misleading and dishonest. The Queen is around six years of age at the time and entirely innocent of attaching any meaning to these gestures. The Queen and her family’s service and dedication to the welfare of this nation during the war, and the 63 years The Queen has spent building relations between nations and peoples speaks for itself.”
My thought is that the video needs to be viewed in it’s proper context: namely that Hitler had not killed 12 million people at the time the video was taken in 1933. We, looking back with full knowledge of historical events, look at that salute as a symbol of hatred and death, but at the time Hitler had not yet revealed himself to be the ultimate symbol of hate and the go-to for “most evil person in history”. I mean, it’s still dumb that they made that salute, and even dumber that the family kept the footage of them making that salute, but it’s not as big of a deal as some want it to be.
For me, the most interesting thing (that I already knew, but now it’s, like, official official) is that, yes, Edward was a huge Nazi sympathizer and that’s why he abdicated (was forced to abdicate). So can we stop with the whole “Edward abdicated for love” thing.
Links: Sun article with the video. Sun article defending their release of the video. Sun article about Edward’s Nazi leanings. ITV article with BP response. Mirror article about the Queen Mum. Daily Mail article on Prince Philip’s sisters. Telegraph article about context.
PS. How terrible is it of me that whenever I read or type “Heil Hitler” I think of “Hail Hydra” from the Captain America movies?
[HM signing a portrait of herself at the Broadway Theatre in Barking on July 16]
In Prince William news, we are still getting pictures and reports of William doing his job. Are we going to get updates every time he does his job? Please make that stop. Also, after that first week of actual jobbing, William took in the races with his buddies at Newmarket Racecourse on Saturday, July 18.
Also, William got called out by the Mirror’s Carole Malone for being a hypocrite, basically. She says: William and Duchess Kate are not value for money due to their determination to dodge their royal responsibilities; that while William pretends to be an “ordinary bloke” with his air ambulance job he is anything but ordinary due to his millions of dollars of taxpayer funded housing refurbishments; and that “They want the lifestyle but not the responsibilities that go with it”. So basically everything we’ve been saying for the past two years (well, more than that, but this blog has been active for two years).
— Gertrude (@Gertsroyals) July 18, 2015
Keeping on the British royals train, The Queen held a reception for the winners of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2015 at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, July 14. And in keeping with the trend of inviting the York girls to Buckingham Palace receptions, Princess Eugenie attended the Queen’s Awards reception. Princess Anne was also in attendance.
One last British Royals thing. Today is the first day of the yearly Swan Upping. “The historic Swan Upping ceremony dates back to the 12th century, to when the Crown claimed ownership of all Mute Swans and they were eaten at banquets and feasts. The Sovereign’s Swan Marker, David Barber, counts the number of young cygnets on the river each year and ensures that the swan population is maintained. The swans and young cygnets are also assessed for any signs of injury or disease.”
Here are some photos of Princess Charlene and Prince Albert from Sunday, July 12, at a concert on the second day of the 10th anniversary on the throne celebrations, having attended an outdoor party the day before where Charlene gave her first speech in French.
Charlene gave an interview to Paris Match (which is in French, translations via Google Translate) where she talked about Albert and their kids, Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques.
On Jacques: “Jacques is a real ‘boss’ … He… seems to have taken much of his father. [He] only needs little sleep and observes all the time. [He] is extremely curious and developed a real sense of protection.”
On Gabriella: “We note with some amusement that she is already developing a real little princess attitude. I can tell you that pink is her favorite color and that ‘no’ is an answer she does not like.”
On Prince Albert’s parenting skills: “He loves his children. Whenever he can, he escapes to spend time with them. It is very tender. Family life was for him very important. It is so touching to watch him communicate with our twins! Very often I catch him in conversation, so to speak, with either Jacques or Gabriella, holding them in his arms with infinite tenderness.”
Here is a video of Charlene’s speech in French:
I still think it’s weird when these two get all lovey dovey, but it’s nice that they are so happy since the birth of their twins.
Queen Mathilde visited the Museum of Contemporary Arts ‘La Salle de Pendus’ exhibition by Christian Boltanski on Wednesday, July 15. Love, love, love those purple shoes. But um…. are those shorts? I think someone made shorts out of a spare rug.
The Swedish Royals are currently on their summer vacation in Oland. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are scheduled for an engagement in the middle of August, as are Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia. For now, the four of them were spotted at a Roxette concert. So I guess that “Victoria doesn’t like Sofia” thing can be put to rest now?
Yesterday, Crown Princess Victoria, Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia attended a Roxette concert. pic.twitter.com/kTDzTxOlSA
— Scandinavian Royals. (@crownprincely) July 20, 2015
Here’s cute photo of Princess Estelle and her dad, Prince Daniel, during the Victoriadagen celebrations last week. He’s such a dad; it’s so adorable.