The Queen has presented Angelina Jolie with an honorary damehood
Angelina Jolie has been presented with an honorary damehood by the Queen today, for services to UK foreign policy.
The title recognises her humanitarian work on campaigns to end sexual violence in war zones, particularly her efforts as co-chair to foreign secretary William Hague at the End Sexual Violence In Conflict global summit in London earlier this year.
Angelina received the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George during the private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace this afternoon.
The Oscar winning actress is the first American woman to ever receive a damehood and, while she can’t technically call herself Dame Angelina, she will now carry the associated initials (DCMG) after her name. The award was originally announced in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 Honours list.
‘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 on PVSI and 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,’ she said at the time.
Wearing a dove grey skirt suit by British couture house Ralph & Russo, Angelina, 39, was joined at the palace by her husband, Brad Pitt, and the couple’s six children.
‘The audience itself between Ms Jolie and the Queen was private,’ a palace spokesperson confirmed. ‘Her Majesty presented her with the insignia in its box. Mr Pitt and the rest of the family were introduced to the Queen afterwards, however.’
Congratulations to Angelina from all at Marie Claire UK.