David Beckham, the Duchess of Cambridge and political leaders from north and south of the border were all heading to Wimbledon today as Andy Murray aimed to become the first Briton to win the men's singles title since Fred Perry in 1936.
Former England captain Beckham was suspended for LA Galaxy's Major League Soccer match against the Chicago Fire tonight, freeing him up to travel to London for Murray's big match against Roger Federer. Wife Victoria was due to arrive with Beckham.
They were named as guests in the Royal Box, along with Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond, deputy PM Nick Clegg and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Scottish 25-year-old Murray was also due to be backed by a royal party. Prince William could not attend due to an existing engagement, but his wife Kate was to be accompanied by her sister Pippa Middleton, with the Duke of Kent also in attendance.
Other sporting names joining Beckham in the Royal Box were tennis great Rod Laver and British Olympic rowing hero Sir Steve Redgrave, with sports minister Hugh Robertson also expected.