Hockney’s Royal double date

Queen Elizabeth II presents artist David Hockney with the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace. Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II presents artist David Hockney with the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace. Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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PAINTER David Hockney was among the stars who met the Queen at a Diamond Jubilee celebration of the arts.

Bono, Sir Paul McCartney and Joan Collins were among the hundreds of celebrities from the worlds of music, dance and art gathered to pay tribute to the Queen at the Royal Academy of Arts.

It was the second time this week Bridlington-based Hockney had met Her Majesty.

Earlier this week she presented him with an Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace.

Hockney’s appointment follows the death in 2011 of his friend Lucian Freud, the only painter in the order.

Work by Hockney – whose latest collection of paintings to be exhibited was influenced by the countryside in and around his home – is due to go on show in Scarborough.

The show at the art gallery, will be part of Yorksire Day in August.