Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry has been made a CBE by the Prince of Wales and wore his “Italian mother-of-the-bride” outfit.
The flamboyant transvestite potter, famed for ceramic artwork depicting his darkest and most private feelings, said the award was for “30 years of hard graft”.
The Turner Prize-winning artist regularly appears dressed as his female alter-ego Claire and did not disappoint his fans when he travelled to Buckingham Palace for the investiture ceremony.
Perry wore a midnight blue dress and matching fitted jacket with a wide brimmed black-hat decorated with what looked like ostrich feathers.
Perry once described Claire as “a cross between Katie Boyle and Camilla Parker-Bowles” but when reminded of this he laughed and said: “This is my Italian mother-of -the-bride outfit”.
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,” he said.
“I always do like the older woman who makes an effort.”
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said that Perry’s “attire was entirely appropriate”.