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Dame Angelina is honoured by the queen

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has been made an honorary dame by the Queen for her campaigning work fighting sexual violence - and brought her family to meet the monarch.

The actress was presented with the award's insignia, during a private Buckingham Palace audience with the Queen, and then was joined by her heartthrob husband actor Brad Pitt and their six children.

Jolie was recognised in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas Birthday 2014 Honours list and received the honorary damehood for services to UK foreign policy and the campaign to end war-zone sexual violence. The Oscar-winning celebrity is best known for her role in the blockbuster movie Tomb Raider but running parallel to her successful movie career is her campaigning work as a humanitarian.

The 39-year-old actress has been described by US Secretary of State John Kerry as a "fierce and fearless advocate'' and he said her dedication to campaigning could overtake her film roles as her lasting legacy.

During the audience, the Queen presented the actress with the insignia of an Honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George.

The award was first announced in June during the week when Jolie was co-chairing the End Sexual Violence in Conflict (ESVC) summit in London.

Jolie said at the time the award was made public: "To receive an honour related to foreign policy means a great deal to me, as it is what I wish to dedicate my working life to.