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David Hockney is designing a new stained glass window for the Queen

Josh Mcloughlin

Like most Londoners, the Queen is after a lovely new window for her tenth-century abbey. Pioneering British artist David Hockney, who once told palace officials he was ‘too busy’ to paint the Queen, is now ready to dive into a royal commission to design a new stained glass window for Westminster Abbey.

An Abbey spokesperson detailed the complex reasoning behind giving Hockney, one of the nation's greatest living painters and one of the leading figures in the pop art movement, free reign over the design: ‘because he’s David Hockney’. It's hard to argue with logic like that. The Dean of Westminster, The Very Rev Dr. Hall, is getting the Bradford-born artist to turn one of the abbey’s few remaining clear windows into a riot of colour.

'It will be wonderful to have in the Abbey the work of this internationally renowned contemporary British artist who has been honoured by The Queen with membership of the Order of Merit, which is in Her Majesty's personal gift,' said the Dean. All I got for my last birthday was socks.

In other art news, 'The Infinite Mix' is staying open an extra week


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