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article imageAngelina Jolie is an honorary dame, thanks to Queen Elizabeth

By Samantha Chang     Jun 16, 2014 in Entertainment
Angelina Jolie has been named an honorary dame by England's Queen Elizabeth for combating sexual violence against women in war zones as the co-founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
The Queen praised Jolie for using her star status to make violence against women a global issue, the Telegraph reported.
Because Jolie is not British, she cannot be addresses as "Dame," but received the award on an honorary basis. Nonetheless, Angelina, 39, said she was thrilled with the honor.
“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. Working on PVSI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine.”
Jolie, who has been a United Nations goodwill ambassador since 2001, was in London this week co-hosting a four-day summit at The Hague on sexual violence. John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State, also attended the summit, where he praised Angelina for her work.
“We’ve all watched her play many remarkable roles, but perhaps her most lasting legacy actually comes from a role she plays in real life — and that is the role of fierce and fearless advocate.”
Angelina is engaged to actor Brad Pitt, with whom she's raising six children. In 2013, Jolie stunned the world by revealing she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy in a widely read New York Times op-ed.
Jolie revealed she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, which gave her an 87% chance of developing breast cancer and a 50% chance of contracting ovarian cancer.
As a result of her mastectomy, Angelina's breast-cancer risk has dropped to under 5%. Jolie's mother, aunt, uncle, grandmother and grandfather all died from cancer, forcing the Oscar winner to take the radical step of preemptively removing both her breasts.
Jolie confirmed she will remove her ovaries in the near future. The ovary-removal procedure, called an oophorectomy, will lower the risk of ovarian cancer by 80% to 90% by reducing the amount of estrogen and progesterone circulating in the body.
Angelina said she was overwhelmed by the public support she has received after revealing her health scare. "I didn’t expect there to be so much support," she said. "And I was very moved by it. It’s connected me so much to other families, other women.”
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