Angelina Jolie is made an honorary dame by the Queen

Angelina Jolie was made an honorary dame by the Queen in a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

The 39-year-old star was presented with the award - officially called the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George - for her services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence. 

It was announced the Oscar-winning actress would be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in June this year, during the week when Jolie co-chaired the End Sexual Violence in Conflict global summit in London.

Angelina and Queen

Jolie said at the time, "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 PVSI 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".

Unfortunately, because the actress is not an English citizen she will not be addressed as Dame.

Husband Brad Pitt and her six children were reportedly in attendance at the ceremony, though they do not appear in any pictures.

Angelina and Queen

Jolie has dedicated years of her life to humanitarian work alongside her successful career in Hollywood, starring in blockbuster films such as Tomb Raider to powerful dramas such as Changeling, to most recently taking the lead role in Disney's Maleficent. She is a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and was honoured with a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the Governors Awards in 2013. 

Angelina and Queen

Detail of the Insignia presented to Angelina Jolie

In other celebratory news today, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban after campaigning for girls’ education has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The young activist said she was in an A-level chemistry class at her school in Birmingham where she now lives when she found out the news.

She will share the award with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. In a statement announcing the prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the award was jointly awarded, "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education".

The commitee sought to draw attention to the ongoing child labor in India and other poor countries and on the limits imposed on women and girls by extremists in Pakistan and elsewhere. It is “an important point for a Hindu and a Muslim, an Indian and a Pakistani, to join in a common struggle for education and against extremism,” they said. 


"Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations," added the commitee. "This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education."

Exactly two years ago yesterday, the teenager survived a shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for campaigning for the right to go to school. Since, she has appeared on the cover of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and spoken in front of the likes of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. 

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai speaking during a press conference at the Library of Birmingham after being announced as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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