The Guardian: "Paula Rego: Ain't nothing like a dame". True!
A monarch who has never bought a work by a living artist has deigned to inflict on Paula Rego the patently ridiculous title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Since it was invented in 1917, the title has been bestowed on more than 700 actors, novelists, divas, dancers and well-connected dogsbodies. Only four painters have been so honoured.