Angelina Jolie named honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth

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Queen Elizabeth II has named Angelina Jolie an honorary dame for the actress’ humanitarian work.

The Oscar winner has been recognized for contributions made to U.K. foreign policy and her efforts to end sexual violence in war zones. Jolie co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with Foreign Secretary William Hague in 2012 and participated in a conference on the subject in London this week. She is also special envoy of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

“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 said of the honor, according to The Associated Press. She received the award on Friday. However, because she is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, Jolie won’t be permitted to use the title “dame.”

The 39-year-old actress was among 1,149 people to be recognized in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honors List, which awards those who have made positive contributions to British society. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is also among the honorees; he will receive a knighthood.

Actress Maggie Smith of Downton Abbey fame received the Companion of Honor, an award limited to 65 people “of distinction.” And Homeland star Damian Lewis was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE.

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