14/08/2014 16:45 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Angelina Jolie Is Made An Honorary Dame For Work Against Sexual Violence

Arise Dame Angelina Jolie! Has a nice ring to it, huh?

Well, Ange has been given the honorary title of Dame after the Queen singled her out for her work against sexual assault and rape being used as a weapon in war.

The Maleficent star was named on the Queen's Birthday Honours List alongside the likes of actor Daniel Day-Lewis who received a knighthood.


But because she isn't a British citizen, Jolie, who is a co-founder for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, cannot be properly addressed as a Dame. Instead it's on an honorary basis.

The Telegraph reports that Jolie was delighted to receive the award. She 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 PSVI 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."


Jolie has been in London this week with fiance Brad Pitt for a global summit called End Sexual Violence in Conflict, where she spoke alongside the Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Hague described Ange as a "pleasure to work with" and said: "My admiration for her work has grown even greater over the last two years. She has the power to speak to the whole world, to raise awareness, change attitudes."

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