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Rule, Angelina! Jolie & Queen Elizabeth II Exchange Pleasantries, As Actress Receives Royal Birthday Honors At Buckingham Palace

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Oct. 10 2014, Updated 11:24 a.m. ET

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The paths crossed for two of the most recognizable women on the planet — Angelina Jolie and Queen Elizabeth II — on Friday at London’s Buckingham Palace, as the Tomb Raider beauty was named an an honorary dame for her humanitarian efforts.

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Jolie was the recipient of the Queen’s birthday honors — formally dubbed, the “Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George” because of her work in the fight against war zone sexual violence, as well as her efforts to support UK foreign policy.

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The royal occasion marked the first major public outing for the Tourist star since she married Brad Pitt this past August

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The Queen, 88, shakes hands with the Oscar-winning actress in the 1844 room of the palace. 

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The 39-year-old said upon learning of the Queen’s commendation: “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.” 

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The Maleficent star, who has been active in her humanitarian efforts for 14 years, co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with the U.K.’s foreign secretary, William Hague, two years ago. 

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A Palace spokesman said that, “The audience itself between Miss Jolie and the Queen was private. Her Majesty presented her with the insignia in its box.” 

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The mother-of-six’s kids and husband were on hand at Friday’s proceedings, but not officially snapped alongside the royal.

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Jolie told France’s Marie Claire in March of her daily routine: “Every morning, I get the UN report on sexual recent abuses against women in 20 countries, and the progress of actions undertaken." 

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