Well, nothing like this Dame anyway. After an eyebrow-raising past that included wearing a vial of her spouse’s blood around her neck and a fairly uncomfortable public make-out session with her brother not to mention some unpleasant publicity surrounding the events leading up to her, now fairy tale, romance with husband, Brad Pitt…I can safely say that I never thought I’d see the day where Angelina Jolie would be received by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, let alone be honored by her with a Damehood. But in a PR re-invention coup of the century Jolie has gone from controversial Hollywood bad girl to worldwide respected humanitarian. (I want her publicist!)
Today, the Academy Award winning actress was made an Honorary Dame when she was presented with the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by The Queen, for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war zone sexual violence. The investiture took place during a private audience at Buckingham Palace.
Looking very Duchess of Cambridge-esque, Jolie wore a tailored light grey pencil skirt and wool crepe peplum jacket by Ralph & Russo couture, paired with Salvatore Ferragamo heels and looked demonstrably moved by the presentation.
It is fair to say that these days the Maleficent star’s impressively successful career runs about even to her humanitarian work. Jolie is a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and is a co-founder for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI).
The award was first announced in June when The Queen’s Birthday Honours list was revealed. At the time Jolie was co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) global summit in London with then foreign secretary William Hague. Jolie said at the time: “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 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.”
After the presentation took place in the palace’s 1844 room it is said that Pitt and the couple’s six children had the opportunity to meet the Queen.
Because Angelina is a foreign citizen she may not be addressed as Dame, though she can use the initials DCMG after her name. Still a most amazing honour.
Lady Anglophile…wondering what one will wear to one’s own investiture!