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".
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After what's been the hottest day in the region for almost 10 years there are warnings tonight about the dangers of swimming in open water.
Today was the hottest day of the year so far but temperatures will be down a little tomorrow with the risk of thunder.
A sizzling day for the Anglia region with temperatures rocketing into the mid 30's.