Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dame Angelina

Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of her tireless campaigning against sexual violence in war zones.

"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," Jolie said. "Working on the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative 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."

Angelina Jolie
As Jolie is an American citizen, she cannot be officially addressed as a Dame, so will receive the award from Buckingham Palace on an honorary basis, reports the BBC.The announcement comes after a week of campaigning in London for the actress, who co-hosted the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit with foreign secretary William Hague.

Other public figures honoured in the list include fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, who will also be made a Dame; actor Daniel Day Lewis, who received a Knighthood; Dame Maggie Smith, who will join the Companions of Honour; and cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who has been made an MBE, following his death last month.

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