Wimbledon final: A royal engagement

The Queen may not be in the royal box today, but there will be no shortage of famous faces wishing Andy Murray well from the stands.The Duchess of Cambridge will take her seat in the box along with sister Pippa Middleton, as well as star couple David and Victoria Beckham.

First Minister Alex Salmond has travelled to SW19 to watch the match, while Sir Steve Redgrave will also be in the Royal Box today, as well as Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards.

From Westminster, Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson will also be cheering on Britain’s best Wimbledon hope in 76 years.

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Former tennis players in the box include Rod Laver, Frank Sedgman, Stan Smith, Manuel Santana, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson, and Tracy Austin.

The Duke of Kent will be watching, as well as Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Lord Freddie Windsor with wife Sophie Winkleman.

Murray is no stranger to high-profile spectators. His quarter-final clash with David Ferrer was watched by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, although they missed the end.

William could not attend today because of an existing engagement.

Murray’s semi-final defeat of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was watched by pop princess Kylie Minogue, who sat in the Royal Box with boyfriend Andres Velencoso.

They were joined by Sir David Frost, as well as cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, and former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic.

In his clash with Ferrer, the 25-year-old was also watched by tennis couple Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf, television sports presenter Des Lynam, veteran broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson and England football manager Roy Hodgson.

Having well-known faces in the crowd always makes a difference, Murray has said.

“I think it’s always going to make a difference when you have royalty in there,” said the Scot.

“For me, also playing in front of someone like Agassi as well and Steffi Graf. Rod Laver was there, too.

“You know, it was an unbelievable privilege to play in front of those people.”

Murray has paid tribute to the support of his family, saying he hopes they can witness him “go one better” in today’s match.

But no matter who is watching, he is not too bothered about the stress they feel as they will him to victory.

“It’s a lot harder for me, that’s for sure,” he said.