Angelina Jolie is a woman, mother, activist, and star par excellence. The Hollywood actress can now add the title Dame in private after being bestowed the honor by Queen Elizabeth II. In appreciation of the work Jolie has done for dealing with sexual violence has been the catalyst that converts Jolie to the newly christened Dame Angelina Jolie.
Angelina recently travelled to London to voice concern the U.N. had over ending sexual violence in conflict. The actress, who is the definition of a modern woman, spoke passionately about the growing rate of sexual violence and implored for steps to be taken to stop it. Angelina Jolie, a U.N. special envoy has always been an activist for the association’s various efforts to help humanity, but this event marks the first time star power attracted focus to the undocumented crimes committed against women during war.
Meeting up with an equally passionate activist, Camilla Parker-Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Jolie rubbed shoulders with British royalty when she was invited as a special guest at the Clarence House on Thursday. Jolie who was joined by British Foreign Secretary William Hague discussed the issue with Camilla, who is also known to care deeply about the victims of sexual violence. Camilla visits rape centers in the U.K. to talk to victims about their ordeals and support them in their rehabilitation. A co-chairperson of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Jolie was the keynote speaker raising awareness about the issue to representatives from various countries. Angelina Jolie who co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PVSI) has used the notoriety of her fame and success to discuss the issue will be an honorary Dame to the rest of us.
Jolie’s honorary award as a Dame comes in the light of her contribution to end wartime rape. Jolie obviously elated stated that the honor related to foreign policy meant a lot to her. Following along the lines of her mother, actress Marcia Lynne Bertrand, a humanitarian herself, Jolie vowed to dedicate her life to work for the safety of women. PVSI and survivors of rape was an honor to Jolie, who promised to dedicate her life to the cause.
Angelina Jolie will not be able to use the title, though, because she is not a Commonwealth or U.K. citizen. She joins Bill Gates and Ronald Reagan, who also were given honorary titles by the Queen earlier. Not the only “Maleficent” dame at the ball, Jolie shared the stage with Hilary Mantel and Zandra Rhodes as Dame Maggie Smith was made a Companion of Honor.
While the honorary title awarded by Queen Elizabeth II will add to Jolie’s long list of awards that recognize her work in film, the title will be her first recognized as a celebrity who works for social causes. She was among others who were recognized at the Queen’s Annual Birthday Honors List for their significant contribution to the community. Daniel Day-Lewis was also knighted at the ceremony with Jolie and was equally delighted. His services to drama were recognized and Sir Daniel Day-Lewis as he is now known, joins Dame Angelina Jolie on a growing list of modern-day knights and dames.
By Rathan Paul Harshavardan