Studio silhouette of a soldier saluting.
The British Army’s salute is given with the right hand palm facing forwards with the fingers almost touching the beret. The salute is given to acknowledge the Queen’s commission. A salute may not be given unless a soldier is wearing his regimental headdress, for example a Beret, Caubeen, Tam o’ Shanter, Glengarry, field service cap or peaked cap.
If a soldier or officer is not wearing headdress then he or she must come to attention instead of giving/returning the salute. The subordinate salutes first and maintains the salute until the superior has responded in kind.