The King has praised Bradford-born artist David Hockney’s style during a celebration of British pioneers.

The prolific artist was invited to Buckingham Palace alongside leading figures from the world of politics, science and the arts.

King Charles III welcomed six new members of the prestigious Order of Merit following a service at the Chapel Royal.

Speaking to the members of the order at a pre-lunch drinks reception, the King complemented Hockney on his yellow crocs, worn with a flamboyant suit.

Charles looked down at the artist’s feet and said with a smile, “Those yellow galoshes…beautifully chosen.”

It comes ahead of the launch of Hockney’s immersive art experience at Lightroom, King’s Cross, London, early next year.

Found across the new art venue’s four floors, visitors will have the opportunity to engage with audio and visual elements to follow a journey through his art.

Other members of the order include Sir David Attenborough, world wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, geneticist and cell biologist Sir Paul Nurse, presenter and author Baroness Floella Benjamin.

The members were chosen by the late Queen Elizabeth II in early September and appointed by the King earlier in November.

The Order of Merit was created in 1902 by Edward VII to honour leaders in the arts, sciences, culture and military and appointments are in the Sovereign’s personal gift.

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