Wimbledon champion Andy Murray had to rush to make it to the Buckingham Palace on time on Thursday after having to take a random drug test on the day he picked up his OBE.
Murray had to give a sample at home as he got ready to receive the honour from the Duke of Cambridge, carrying out his first ever investiture ceremony.
He said: “They turned up at my door at 8.20am and I had a taxi booked for half-past eight.
“I was a bit worried I was going to be late but the taxi did a great job in getting us here.
“It’s part of the job but when you have a day like today you are looking forward to, it’s the last thing you need.
“Anyway we are here and it has been great. When you are on the tennis court, you are out there alone… So it is great to have my family around me.”
Murray disclosed that the Duke had asked him about his recent back surgery during their 50-second chat. The Scot also teased the Duke about his handwriting.
He said: “’He asked me about my back surgery which I had a few weeks ago and how I was feeling after Wimbledon, when there a lot of pressure on me.
“I teased him a bit as he had sent a note to me before Wimbledon wishing me luck and his wife had written me a letter afterwards.
“Her handwriting was beautiful and I told him how fantastic it was compared to his.
“I have met him a few times before and he has always been very easy going. He seemed very relaxed today.”
Murray’s guests at the Palace were with his parents Judy and Will and girlfriend Kim Sears.
He said the Duke ‘seemed pretty relaxed’ as he carried out his first investiture and ‘seemed to give everyone a lot of time’.
He had been surprised he got to chat to the Duke for so long, as ‘I thought it would be about 15 seconds’, but said their chat ‘flew by’.
Murray, who said he does not expect to be back in full training for another four weeks, said he had no special plans to go out for lunch, as he was keen to get back into his rehabilitation training with an eye on taking part in the 2014 Australian Open.
“To be honest we will probably just stop off somewhere on the way,” he said. “I’m just keen to get back on the court.”
Murray wore a Burberry suit for the ceremony, while Miss Sears wore a graphic print dress by Matthew Williamson and a beret by Jane Taylor.
After getting home he posted a picture on Twitter of his dog Maggie May wearing the OBE on her dog collar.
Murray was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours, before his historic triumph at Wimbledon, after winning the US Open and Olympic gold medal in 2012.