Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie, met with the Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in private at London’s Buckingham Palace on Friday after her speech campaigning against rape in war zones and services to UK foreign policy. Jolie and former British foreign minister William Hague struck up an unlikely professional partnership while campaigning together. The pair hosted a four-day global conference in London on the issue, during which US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested that Jolie’s most lasting role might be as a “fierce and fearless advocate.”
The 39 year old movie star of such Hollywood films as Tomb Raider and Maleficent was made an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George, which recognizes her close work with Britain’s Foreign Office. Jolie’s honorary damehood, presented to people “who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country”, was announced in the Queen’s June birthday honours. Her husband since August, Brad Pitt, and their six children all attended Jolie’s special moment and met the Queen as well. At the time, the 39-year-old actress said:
“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 the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative 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.”
The Oscar-winning Jolie was named “Hollywood’s highest-paid actress” by Forbes last year. Her work deserves to be recognized, and she will wear DCMG honour presented to her by the Queen proudly. Be sure to watch her sexual violence campaign speech below:
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