Jolie receives honorary damehood

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Published: Friday 10th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Oscar-winning film star Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame by the Queen for her campaigning work fighting sexual violence and for services to UK foreign policy.

The actress, best known for her role in Hollywood blockbuster Tomb Raider, was presented with the award during a private audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Jolie was recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 Honours list and received the honorary damehood (DCMG) for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war-zone sexual violence.

During the audience, the Queen presented the actress with the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.

The award was first announced in June during the week when Jolie was co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) global summit in London with then foreign secretary William Hague.

Her work as a committed humanitarian runs parallel to her career as a leading actress who has been a huge box office draw for more than a decade.

The 39-year-old star has been described by US Secretary of State John Kerry as a “fierce and fearless advocate” and he said her dedication to campaigning could overtake her successful film career as her lasting legacy.

Published: Friday 10th October 2014 by The News Editor

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