King takes seat in Royal Box but no sign of Carney

AMONG the royals and celebrities at Wimbledon yesterday enjoying Andy Murray’s victory were a sprinkling of faces from the world of business and politics. Along with Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband, former chairman of chemicals giant ICI Sir Ronald Hampel and International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge were also spotted in SW19.

Also watching Murray beat Djokovic was tennis fan and ex-Bank of England boss Sir Mervyn King – though his successor Mark Carney was nowhere to be seen in the Royal Box.

Perhaps the Canadian was enjoying the sunshine and toasting the prediction yesterday made by former monetary policymaker and PwC economist Andrew Sentance. The amateur rocker pointed out that since good summer weather has helped lift the UK economy out of doldrums before in 1975, 1976 and 1983, the sun “may help this year too if the heat wave continues.” The Capitalist will raise a glass of Pimm’s to that ray of hope.