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Queen to lead VJ Day commemorations amid furore over Nazi salute picturesThe Queen will lead commemorations for the 70th anniversary of VJ Day it has been announced, just hours after footage was published showing a young Princess Elizabeth appearing to perform a Nazi salute. It was revealed last night that the monarch will lead the nation on August 15 in remembering the sacrifices of British Second World War forces who fought and died defeating Japan. But the announcement was overshadowed by the publication of footage from 1933, showing the Queen at Balmoral aged six or seven, with her mother, sister Margaret, and their uncle Prince Edward – who became King Edward VIII. The grainy footage, obtained by The Sun, appears to show the young princess join the Queen Mother and Prince Edward in raising an arm in salute. The Palace has blasted the release of the film, saying it was disappointing that film shot eight decades ago and apparently from Her Majesty’s personal family archive has been obtained and exploited in this manner. And the Palace is also sure to be disappointed that the publication has detracted from the announcement about VJ Day arrangements. A number of royals, including the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, will join veterans, former prisoners of wa

r and civilian internees for a service at St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in central London next month. Later that afternoon the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be joined by veterans and their families for a special commemorative event at

Horse Guards Parade, featuring a fly-past of historic aircraft, a wreath-laying ceremony, readings and hymns. Disappointing: The palace says it is upset the archive footage h

as been exploited (Image: PA) Public appearance: The Queen will lead to nations VJ commemorations in August (Image: PA) Afterwards, veterans, civilian internees, their descendants and families along with serving members of the Armed Forces will move down Whitehall and through Parliament Square to Westminster Abbey - passing the statue of Field Marshal Slim - in a special 70th anniversary parade. Along the route they will be supported by military bands, and the final part will be lined by serving military. A reception will then take place in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, hosted by the Royal British Legion. The public are being urged to support the anniversary by lining the streets of Whitehall to watch the aircraft flypast, view the event in Horse Guards Parade on big screens and cheer on the veterans as they parade past. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: It is important that we take this opportunity to pay tribute to the courage and fortitude of all those whose actions led to the final victory of Allied forces in the Second World War. This major anniversary is a time to recognise the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives, the veterans who fought, and the prisoners of war and civilian internees who suffered for their country. September 1933: Edward VIII with his niece Princess Elizabeth as they return from church during a visit to Balmoral (Image: Laing/Topical Press Agency/Getty Images) Archive: Edward, The Prince of Wales, with hi

s brother the Duke of York and the Dukes children, Princess Eliz

abeth and Princess Margaret, The Prince of Wales, later King Ed

ward VIII (Image: Getty) After Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8 1945 the Japa

nese finally surrendered on August 14 following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the Soviet declaration of war and invasion of Manchuria. The next day, Wednesday August 15, was celebrated as Victory over Japan (VJ) Day and the nation formally surrendered on September 2 1945 at a ceremony in Tokyo Bay aboard USS Missouri. Responding to the release of the controversial footage last night aroyal source added: “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. “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 dedication to the welfare of this nation during the war, and the 63 years she has spent building relations between natio

ns and peoples speaks for itself.”

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