Friday, 10 October 2014

The Queen and Mrs Pitt

The Queen welcomed the brand new Mrs Pitt to Buckingham Palace today for a very special honour. Angelina Jolie was awarded an honorary damehood for her work on ending war zone sexual violence in an audience with the monarch in London.

The Queen and Angelina Jolie at Buckingham Palace on October 10th 2014

The damehood was announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June this year.  Today, the Oscar winning actress was granted a private audience with the Queen where she received the insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.  

The award was made in the 1844 room in the Palace - it was named in honour of a visit made, in that year, by Tsar Nicholas I of Russia. It's been used for the Queen's Christmas speech and was also where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met US President, Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle, in 2011. Today it was again the centre of huge press interest when Angelina Jolie received her honour.

The new honorary dame made a perfect curtsey to the Queen at their audience and looked overwhelmed as she was presented with the insignia. And after Angelina Jolie had been given her honour, Mr Pitt and their six children were also introduced to the Queen although no pictures were published of that meeting. Today was all about celebrating the work of their wife and mother, Mrs Pitt.

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