The Queen of England and the queen of Hollywood meet at last! Back in June, it was announced that Angelina Jolie—well-known humanitarian and activist, Oscar-winning actress, red carpet style star and mother of six—could add another title to her list: honorary Dame.
Today, at the Buckingham Palace in London, Queen Elizabeth II honored Jolie face-to-face in a special ceremony where she was presented with this lofty mouthful: the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George. The star's husband, Brad Pitt, and their six children were also present for the occasion. Looking as beautiful as ever, Jolie dazzled in a tailored dove gray ensemble by Ralph & Russo couture, matching Salvatore Ferragamo peep-toe heels, and pearl accessories.
The Queen awarded the actress with the honorary title in recognition of Jolie's extraordinary service to U.K. foreign policy and work to raise global awareness of violence against women. Some examples of Jolie's work? She hosted a global summit to end sexual violence in conflict in London several months ago and, in 2012, co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PVSI) with British Foreign Minister William Hague, which aims to increase international prosecutions for sexual violence and support countries in preventing and responding to the global issue.
Jolie's award is the female equivalent of an honorary knighthood and she's now in some distinguished company (Steven Spielberg and Bob Hope are both honorary knights). Congratulations to the star on this great honor!