Angelina Jolie was honored by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth yesterday with an honorary damehood. The American actress was at Buckingham Palace, along with her husband Brad Pitt and six children, for a private audience with Queen Elizabeth because of her work with refugee agencies, and for co-founding the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with former British Foreign Secretary William Hague.
At the ceremony, Jolie was presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Angelina Jolie became interested in international affairs and refugee issues in 2000, while in Cambodia to film ‘Tomb Raider’. It was here she adopted her first child, and here where Jolie says she first noticed the “human suffering in the world”.
Since then she’s done incredible amounts of work as a special envoy with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, traveling all over the world to meet people affected by war.
For more on Jolie’s honorary damehood, watch the video below.
And for me, as a British citizen and one who has worked in non-profits for decades, I do have to say Jolie more than deserves this and, I’m proud of her.