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Sir Andy Murray receives his knighthood at Buckingham Palace | UK News



Tennis superstar Sir Andy Murray has received his knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

The 32-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion and his wife Kim have two daughters – three-year-old Sophia and 18-month-old Edie

He said he wished his two young girls had been old enough to share the special occasion with him.

Andy MNurray kneels as he receives his knighthood from Prince Charles
Andy Murray kneels as he receives his knighthood at Buckingham Palace

“I’m very proud to receive it. It’s a nice day to spend with my family – my wife and parents are here,” he said in a brief statement afterwards.

“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.”

Earlier this year, Sir Andy took time to accept his knighthood due to concerns it may have an adverse impact on his career.

It was announced in the 2016 New Year Honours, capping a momentous 12 months which saw him win a second Wimbledon title and finish the season as world number one.

He also retained his Olympic crown and was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Recipients are allowed to choose when to collect their honour.

The sportsman has suffered a career-threatening hip injury over the last two years.

Andy Murray, 31, has shared the first footage of himself hitting a tennis ball since January.

Andy Murray hitting balls again after surgery

Sir Andy revealed in January that he planned to retire after this year’s Wimbledon, forcing back tears as he told reporters at the Australian Open that his hip injury was going to bring a premature end to his glittering career.

He had surgery in January and has since begun his rehabilitation.

When asked in March about the possibility of an appearance at Wimbledon this year, Sir Andy told Sky News that it would be “most likely” too early for a return to singles action.

But he said playing in the doubles at the summer tournament was a possibility.

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