Essex artist Grayson Perry will be awarded a CBE by the Prince of Wales today.
The potter who regularly appears dressed as his female alter-ego Claire, is being recognised for services to contemporary art.
The Turner Prize winning Perry, grew up in Chelmsford, Essex, and made his name with his hand-crafted pottery which is often illustrated with disturbing scenes.
The judges who awarded him the Turner Prize in 2003 said he had "subverted the craft form of ceramics".
More top news
A father from Norwich is speaking out after his six-year-old son was left without any formal education, after being excluded from school.
A man from Hertfordshire is fighting for justice after his wife was shot in front of their young children in the Philippines.
A coroner has criticised the Luton and Dunstable Hospital after the death of a 10-month-old boy from a rare bowel condition.