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William and Kate drop in on Wimbledon, do the wave in the Royal Box

June 27, 2011 |  2:11 pm

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Prince William
and bride Kate surprised fourth-seeded Andy Murray as they made their first appearance as a married couple in Wimbledon's Royal Box on Monday.

British player Murray cooperated by winning his fourth-round match over Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-2, and afterward Murray apologized because he had a scruffy little beard. He did, however, manage a courtly bow to the couple after his victory.

"If I'd known they were coming, I would have shaved," Murray said. "I was thinking to myself as I came off that I was sweaty and very hairy. I said to them, 'I'm sorry, I'm a bit sweaty.' "

The couple stood and applauded Murray after his win and stayed through Venus Williams' loss to Tsvetana Pironkova and most of defending champion Rafael Nadal's win over Juan Martin del Potro.

Kate wore a summery, off-white dress, suitable for the warmest day yet of the tournament. The royal couple walked into the box with former champion Billie Jean King, a six-time singles champion here.

-- Diane Pucin, reporting from Wimbledon

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Photo: Kate, with Billie Jean King, left, and husband Prince William, participates in doing the wave during the fourth round of Wimbledon, June 27, 2011. Credit: Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

 

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