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On the final day of Angelina Jolie’s co-hosted Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Queen Elizabeth II made her an honorary Dame. It is official and confirmed by People.
The 39-year-old actress and humanitarian, who co-chaired a global summit to end sexual violence in conflict in London, was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for extraordinary service to U.K. foreign policy.
This title is the female equivalent of an honorary knighthood. She is now among a thousand people penned on the Queen’s annual Birthday Honours list, which also awarded a knighthood to Daniel Day-Lewis, a Companion of Honour order for Dame Maggie Smith and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Homeland star Damian Lewis.
“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, who is a U.N. special envoy, said on learning of her award. “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.”
Jolie’s honor recognizes her effort and work towards the British foreign policy objective to end sexual violence in conflict. She founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in the U.K. two years ago.