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'Transvestite potter' Grayson Perry awarded CBE

"Transvestite potter" Grayson Perry said he is already thinking about what to wear when he receives his CBE from Buckingham Palace.

The artist, who regularly appears as his female alter-ego Claire, famously wore a Little Bo Peep outfit when he won the Turner Prize for his ceramics in 2003.

Artist Grayson Perry.
Artist Grayson Perry has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 53 year old, who has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, said he was not expecting it, adding, "I suppose I'm surprised that the tentacles of the establishment reach into my particular pond of culture".

Perry said he had "weighed up the coolness factor" of accepting the award, but said it would help give him "a platform" and was nice for "the older generation" in his family.

He continued: "People from that background who perhaps don't tend to go into art galleries and can sometimes judge success by making money or being in a question on a quiz show or getting an honour and now I've done all three".

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