Angelina Jolie Made Honorary Dame By Queen Elizabeth + More Stars Recognized
Angelina Jolie was made an honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth on Friday. The Oscar winner was celebrated for her work against sexual violence in war zones. “To receive an honor related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to,” Jolie said.
Jolie was one of hundreds of people, famous and non-famous alike, commended in the Queen’s annual Birthday Honors List, which recognizes services to community or national life. It should be noted, though, that non-British citizens are very rarely chosen for such honors from Queen Elizabeth. Clearly, Jolie’s recognition is a testament to her work around the world.
Fellow Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis was made a knight “for services to drama.” The star said he was “entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure.” As he is a British citizen, he may now be called Sir Daniel.
Other honorees included Damien Lewis of “Homeland,” who was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and “Dowton Abbey” star Maggie Smith, who was deemed a Companion of Honor. While Queen Elizabeth delivers the honors, the recipients are chosen by civil servants following nominations from both the public and the government.