Olivia Colman has been slammed for her ‘sloppy salute’ while playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season 4.
An Army veteran wrote an angered letter to The Times this week saying that Colman, who is seen giving a salute during a memorial, did not follow actual protocol.
Timothy Brown, formerly of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards of the British Army, said that while the show was enjoyable, he couldn’t help but be irked by the details that were overlooked.
He wrote: ‘Sir, The Crown may well be good television but the inaccuracies in the series are typified by the sloppy salute that you picture being given by Olivia Colman in her attempt to portray the Queen.
‘To my recollection, Her Majesty’s salute has always been exemplary, with the forearm and hand being ramrod straight.’
In preview photos of the upcoming new episodes, Colman is seen saluting with her palm facing outwards, as expected, but is bent slightly at the wrist.
‘This may not perhaps be noticed by many viewers, but to us ex-military types, with a passion for standards, it is particularly galling,’ he concluded.
In British Army and Royal Air Force salutes, palms face outwards, and is a long held tradition within the Armed Forces as a sign of respect and recognition.
The Royal Navy salute sees palms face downwards, believed to be a different sign of respect to hide dirty hands.
Standards, Guidons and Colours, the coffin in funeral processions, the Cenotaph, members of the Royal Family and ministers representing The Crown are also saluted.
A staple of etiquette, the salute is returned by the senior receiving it, but to perform a poor salute is, in some eyes ‘worse than no salute at all’.
The Crown season 4 launches Monday on Netflix.
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