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Angelina Jolie may not be able to use her honorary damehood title

Angelina Jolie was made an honorary dame during a private ceremony with the Queen on Friday in recognition of her campaigning against sexual violence. However, there is growing doubt whether she'd be able to use the title formally.

According to Forbes magazine, Angelina Jolie is Hollywood's highest paid actress
According to Forbes magazine, Angelina Jolie is Hollywood's highest paid actress  

The Hollywood actress, 39, was presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at a reception at Buckingham Palace. The monarch herself received the Oscar-winning actress.

The actress was accompanied to the Palace by her husband, Brad Pitt, and their six children. They were all introduced to the Queen, although they did not have official pictures taken.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The audience between Miss Jolie and the Queen was private. Her Majesty presented her with the insignia."

Queen Elizabeth II and Angelina Jolie. Pics/AFP
Queen Elizabeth II and Angelina Jolie. Pics/AFP 

As an American citizen, it is highly unusual that Jolie has received an honour from Britain. Foreigners are only occasionally awarded them — there was an honorary knighthood for Bob Geldof, who is Irish, after Live Aid.

It is also unusual for a damehood to be bestowed upon someone so young. The honour is generally bestowed later in life, after a recipient has earned a lower honour such as an OBE or a CBE.

Because she is a foreign citizen Jolie may not be addressed as Dame, but received the award on an honorary basis for her work at trying to stamp out rape in war zones.

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