Grayson Perry, the Turner Prize winning artist has collected his CBE from Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Dressing as his alter-ego character Claire, Grayson wore a ‘Mother of the Bride’ midnight blue dress and jacket, heels, and an over-the-top Camilla style black hat complete with ostrich feathers. The Queen’s official spokesman commented; ‘His attire was entirely appropriate.’
Speaking after the ceremony he said: “Receiving this was great, it’s not just for me it’s for all the artists – no really it’s just for me, for 30 years of hard graft.” He added: ”When I got the call (about the CBE) my first thought was what am I going to wear, it’s a serious thing I’m not going to compromise my identity as Britain’s pre-eminent transvestite. I googled to see what people wore and went for the sexier end. ”I always do like the older woman who makes an effort.” “I’m grateful I’m not one of these people who has sky-rocketed to fame. “Some people say I’ve become a member of the establishment but I’ve been that for years. I’m an RA (Royal Academician). “The idea that rebellion is at the margins of society – that’s false, it’s far more interesting to be mischievous from the centre.”
Mr Perry, who was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003, is best-known for his ceramics, and tapestries. He is also a notorious cross-dresser whose alter-ego, Claire is a national treasure. In 2013 Perry won a BAFTA award for his documentary ‘All in the Best Possible Taste’, a film about social and cultural taste in Britain. He is the 1st visual artist to deliver the well respected Reith Lectures which have been bestowed on figures from various cultural and political disciplines.