Angelina Jolie, now an honorary dame, meets with Queen Elizabeth II
Queen of England, meet Maleficent! Angelina has received physical proof from Queen Elizabeth II that she is an honorary dame.
“Ms. Angelina Jolie was received by The Queen today when HM presented her with the Insignia of an Honorary Damehood,” read a tweet from the British monarchy’s verified account.
The multi-hyphenate -- actress-director-humanitarian -- on Friday visited Buckingham Palace, where the 88-year-old monarch presented the Oscar winner with the ornate Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George in the 1844 Room of the palace.
The 39-year-old activist received the title, referred to as the female equivalent of an honorary knighthood, because of her work to end sexual violence and her services to Britain’s foreign policies. The U.N. special envoy also founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative in Britain two years ago.
The newly minted Mrs., clad in a smart Ralph & Russo ensemble, was joined by husband Brad Pitt and their six children, Maddox, 13; Pax, 10; Zahara, 9; Shiloh, 8; and twins Vivienne and Knox, 6.
Jolie reportedly had a private audience with the queen for 20 minutes, and her children and husband were ushered in to be presented to her royal majesty, People magazine said.
The announcement that Jolie had been given the title came in June, while the actress was co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict global summit in London -- and she joins several other celebrities in receiving prestigious titles from the crown on this year’s Birthday Honors list.
Because she’s an American, she will not be addressed as Dame Angelina Jolie, but will bear the title with the initials of the award -- DCMG -- after her name, the Telegraph said.
“To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie said when she learned of her upcoming honor. “Working on PSVI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”
A rep for Jolie did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
We’ll call her Dame Angelina anyway. Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad
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