Angelina Jolie is an actress, special envoy to the U.N. High Commissioner of Refugees, co-founder of Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, and now an honorary dame.
Friday, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II presented Jolie with “Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George” at the Buckingham Palace.
Jolie was given the title for her work in attempt to ending sexual violence in war zones.
“It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict,” Jolie said in June at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict opening in London. “There’s nothing inevitable about it. It is a weapon of war aimed at civilians. It has nothing to do with sex, everything to do with power.”
UNICEF has reported that over 150 million young girls and 73 million boys experience sexual violence a year with many perpetrators ever getting prosecuted or even convicted.
Her husband Brad Pitt and their children accompanied the actress to the Palace.
“The audience itself between Miss Jolie and the Queen was private,” a Palace spokesman said. “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.”
It is uncommon that an American citizen receives such an honor from Britain. Because she is a foreign citizen, Jolie cannot be addressed as Dame, but she can use the initials DCMG after her name.