Angelina Jolie is made an honourary dame by the Queen

Angelina Jolie was made an honourary dame by the Queen on Friday.

The Hollywood actress looked proud and bowed slightly as she shook hands with the monarch after picking up her award at Buckingham Palace.


Angelina Jolie was created a Dame by the Queen

On learning of the accolade, she said: “To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to. Working with survivors of rape is an honour in itself.

“I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”

As a foreign citizen the Hollywood heavyweight cannot be addressed as ‘Dame’ but it will add to the impact of her global campaigning work. Angelina was a UN High Commissioner for Refugees for many years before being promoted to a Special Envoy. She regularly visits refugee camps around the world.

The honour recognises Angelina Jolie’s campaign against war rape

Her current campaign against sexual violence is also backed by the former Foreign Secretary William Hague. The pair have travelled together to spread their message most notably in 2013 to the Congo, becoming good friends in the process.

Mr Hague has previously told how the actress did not let on that she was having medical treatment during their trip to Africa. He was first to praise Angelina for her decision to have a pretentive mastectomy because her family is prone to breast and ovarian cancer, calling her a “brave lady and an inspiration to many”.

It’s Angelina’s first public appearance since her wedding to Brad Pitt

in Malta filming an arthouse movie with new husband Brad Pitt. It has been an extended honeymoon of sorts for the couple who tied the knot after nearly ten years together in an emotional ceremony at their estate in France that was exclusively featured in HELLO!

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