Angelina Jolie has been dubbed an honorary Dame by the Queen of England.
The 39-year-old Academy Award-winning actress was promoted to Special Envoy in 2012 after dedicating more than a decade of service to the UNHCR as a Goodwill Ambassador.
And her United Nations refugee work has earned the star yet another title as honorary Dame from Queen Elizabeth the II, representatives from Buckingham Palace confirmed to Us Weekly on Friday June 13.
“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,” Angelina stated.
The philanthropist is currently using her new title, honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for extraordinary service to UK foreign policy, to call attention to international rape crises.
In May 2012 Angelina joined with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague in support of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), a campaign that aims to eradicate sexual violence in war zones.
She called awareness to the initiative in London this week by co-chairing The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and the actress remains resolute about her cause.
“Working on PVSI 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,” she said.
About 1,000 people were named on the Queen’s annual Birthday Honors list. Daniel Day-Lewis received a knighthood, a Companion of Honor order was issued to Dame Maggie Smith and Homeland star Damian Lewis was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE).
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