Queen's childhood 'Nazi salute' stirs British mania for monarchy
* Queen remains silent despite media furore
* Supporters rush to her defence
* Edward VII visited Hitler
By Guy Faulconbridge
LONDON, July 20 (Reuters) - A grainy 82-year-old image of a seven-year-old Elizabeth offering what appears to be a brief Nazi salute has touched some of Britain's deepest obsessions: a mania for monarchy and a fascination with World War Two.
Rupert Murdoch's top-selling Sun tabloid devoted seven pages to what it billed as a "world exclusive" but stressed the 17-second black-and-white film from the year Adolf Hitler came to power did not reflect badly on the 89-year-old monarch.
Under the headline "Their Royal Heilnesses", The Sun said the film showed the future Edward VIII instructing his nieces, the present Queen Elizabeth, and her three-year-old sister, Princess Margaret, how to perform the Nazi salute.
True to her reputation for avoiding blatant displays of emotion or opinion during her more than six decades on the throne, Elizabeth has not deigned to comment publicly though Buckingham Palace scolded The Sun.
Such is Elizabeth's popularity and influence that the story led the BBC's flagship radio news programme on Saturday and has elicited anger from supporters in a swathe of comment across the domestic media. Continuación...