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Queen honours David Hockney

The Queen has honoured Bradford born artist David Hockney by appointing him as a member of the prestigious Order of Merit. The news was announced by Buckingham Palace on New Years Day.

David Hockney became an internationally renowned painter after he gained recognition for his work in the early 1960s and emerged as one of the leading names in British pop art.

He has built on his reputation as an important artistic figure over the decades and has displayed his talents as a stage designer, draughtsman, photographer, and printmaker.

Other people who were appointed to the Order of Merit include former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Dewsbury MP and House of Commons speaker Baroness Betty Boothroyd and playwright Sir Tom Stoppard.

The special honour is given to individuals who have shown great success and achievements in science, literature, the arts and other areas of public service.


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