Prince William is apparently feeling “a bit nervous” ahead of his first ever investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Calming his jitters, then, will be the fact he’s due to hand out an OBE to his and Kate‘s favourite tennis players – Andy Murray.
The Scottish sportsman is one of several personalities who will be honoured in the ceremony on Thursday, when William stands in for his grandmother the Queen. In doing so, the 31-year-old is taking his first major step towards being a working royal.
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A royal source said: “William has been practising using the sword and pinning the medals on a servant so that he gets it right.
“He obviously doesn’t want to slice anyone’s ear off or stick a pin into their chest!”
The Prince will dub with a sword to create two new knights and will also pin a medal onto Vicar of Dibley producer Jon Plowman.
Prince William and Kate supporting Andy Murray at Wimbledon
“He realises this is the biggest day in the lives of some people who are being honoured, and he wants it to go well for them,” continues the royal aide.
“His biggest challenge is being tall – it’s not easy to stoop down and talk to some of the smaller recipients and to pin the honours on.”
The Queen is understood to have asked William several months ago if he would start performing investitures, to which he immediately agreed.
The Prince – who left operational military service in September – wants to ease slowly into increasing his royal duties, so he does each one well without rushing into his new role as a working royal.