The Royal Family brilliantly respond to Andy Murray's flag bearing incident

  • Alex Batt
Team GB - British House Reception & Flagbearer Photocall

With the Olympics upon us, it's time for the countries to announce their flag bearers for the opening ceremony.

These are the sportspeople that are chosen to hold the flag of the nation whilst taking part in the opening ceremony, and for Great Britain, they have chosen Wimbledon hero Andy Murray.

The two-time Wimbledon champion has already enjoyed a successful summer after defeating Milos Raonic in straight sets to claim his second Wimbledon title.


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Murray will now turn his attentions to Brazil, and he will be feeling very confident regarding his chances of taking home another Olympic gold medal.

The Scot defeated Roger Federer in the Olympics final back in 2012, and he will be hoping for a similar result four years on in Rio.

However, his participation at the Olympics has got off to a shaky start, after he nearly hit Princess Anne in the face with the British flag.

Team GB were posing for photos before taking part in the Olympics, and standing at the front was Murray, holding the British flag, and next to him was Princess Anne.

After being instructed to hold the flag in numerous positions, Murray was seemingly getting confused and the flag was waving all over the place, nearly hitting Princess Anne in the face in the process.

Eventually Murray got the flag in the right position and the team posed for photos, but the incident did not go unnoticed, with The Royal Family tweeting about the saga.

Via their official Twitter account, '@RoyalFamily', they tweeted about Murray's handling of the flag, and made a joke about his occupation and how they are confident he can handle a racket better than a flag.

The tweet read: 'We're sure @Andy_Murray's racket handling skills are better than his flag bearing ones!

#Rio2016 #BringOnTheGreat'

It was very nearly an embarrassing start to Rio 2016 for Andy Murray.

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