wKing Charles held the first luncheon of his reign on the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace, and such was the highlight of the guests, from Nobel laureates and historians to artists and surgeons, that the conversation was undoubtedly of the highest order.
But first, David Hockney’s shoes. As the monarch welcomed his guests — including Sir David Attenborough and inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Timothy Berners-Lee — to a pre-lunch drinks reception at the Gallery, he seemed pleased as the artist wore bright yellow Crocs.
“Yellow galoshes!” King said as Hockney, who was using a wheelchair, insisted on standing up to meet him. “Nice choice.” Hockney, 85, will launch immersive viewing early next year in Lightroom,