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Andy Murray’s courtly bow gets a cheer

A Czecb, a German and several Americans have all enjoyed the soubriquet “Queen of Centre Court” down the years — but now they have been upstaged by the genuine article.

The Queen attended Wimbledon yesterday for the first time since 1977, which in turn was the first time since 1962. She prefers her athletes to come with four legs and sheepskin nosebands.

Still, the Queen at first seemed moderately interested in events on Centre Court, taking her seat at the front of the Royal Box shortly before Andy Murray — the only one of her loyal subjects left in singles competition — disposed of the Finn Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets.

Murray had earlier indicated — without giving much away as to the extent of his royalist fervour, though one imagines it is limited — that he would need some coaching in bowing protocol.

His wry smile said it all after his bow before the Queen met a resounding cheer.

The Queen was given an equally rapturous welcome on to Centre Court as she took her seat in the Royal Box.

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