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Princess Anne and Family

Princess Anne nearly jabbed in face as Andy Murray struggles with flag-bearing duties

Princess Anne was nearly the victim of a right royal headache after Team GB flag-bearer Andy Murray struggled with his flag-bearing duties during a photoshoot.

The world number 2 tennis player had difficulty holding the flag during the photo opportunity, but luckily he got to grips with the task before anybody was hurt.

As well as standing on the wrong side of the Union Jack, Mr Murray entirely concealed Princess Anne and almost jabbed other officials in the face.

The Queen’s daughter saw the funny side though, and laughed as he struggled with holding the flag in the correct position.

Mr Murray was chosen to become Great Britain’s flag-bearer after his historic second win at Wimbledon last month. He is now one of the UK’s most successful sportsmen, and is the first tennis player in history to become a flag-bearer at the Olympic Games.

He said that is was an “incredible honour” to be chosen to hold GB’s flag during the opening ceremony.

He continued: “The privilege of being the flag bearer is a moment I will remember for the rest of my life and will certainly be one of the highlights of my career.”

As well as bearing the flag in tomorrow’s opening ceremony, Andy Murray will be competing in the men’s doubles and men’s singles at Rio.

The Princess Royal has been on Brazil for three days now, having attended a session of the International Olympic Committee. Tomorrow she will be at the Opening Ceremony, as well as a spectator as many sporting events over the next couple of weeks.

Her Royal Highness has a long history with the Olympic Games, having both competed as an athlete as well as being a member of the IOC for 30 years.

In 1976, she participated in the Olympic Games in Montreal, riding aboard The Queen’s horse, Goodwill.


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