Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame

Angelina Jolie can add royal recognition to Hollywood stardom. The actress has been named an honorary dame — the female version of a knight — by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Jolie, a United Nations special envoy, received the honor on Friday for her work combating 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.

Angelina Jolie

Jolie was in London this week to co-host an international summit on ending sexual violence in war. Because she is not a British or Commonwealth citizen, Jolie won’t be entitled to use the title “dame” before her name. Previous U.S. recipients of honorary knighthoods include director Steven Spielberg, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and former President Ronald Reagan.