Grayson Perry has received his CBE from Buckingham Palace today.
Perry once described his alter-ego 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."
"I always do like the older woman who makes an effort."
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said that Perry's "attire was entirely appropriate".
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