Sir Andy Murray has been knighted at Buckingham Palace, more than two years after he was awarded the honour.
The tennis star was listed in the Queen’s New Years Honours all the way back in 2016, following his second Wimbledon win and second Olympic gold medal.
At the time, Murray, 32, said being referred to as a sir ‘sounds a bit strange’ but said it was a ‘big honour’ to receive the knighthood.
As reported by the BBC, the 32-year-old collected his award at an investiture ceremony conducted by the Prince of Wales.
The tennis star was knighted alongside novelist Sir Philip Pullman, who was being knighted for his services to literature. Broadcaster Chris Packham will also be awarded a CBE for services to nature conservation.
Sir Andy says he plans to retire after this year’s Wimbledon because of a long injury. However, it’s still unclear if the former champion will make the tournament as he continues his rehabilitation following a successful hip surgery.
As reported by the Evening Standard, the three-time Grand Slam champion said after the ceremony that he wished his two young daughters had been old enough to see him receive his knighthood.
Sir Andy said after the ceremony:
I’m very proud to receive it. It’s a nice day to spend with my family – my wife and parents are here.
I’d have liked to (have brought) my kids but I think they’re a bit young. I’ll show them the medal when I get home.
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