Angelina Jolie has been named an honorary dame by England’s Queen Elizabeth.
Jolie met with Queen Elizabeth on Oct.10 at Buckingham Palace, where the two reportedly spoke for 20 minutes about Angelina’s humanitarian work, People reported.
Shortly afterward their chat, Angelina’s husband, Brad Pitt, and their six children (Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox) were presented to the Queen.
Jolie was honored for her work in founding of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. Angelina has been doing well since marrying Pitt in August 2014 in a fairytale wedding ceremony at Chateau Miraval, their sprawling wine estate in Southern France. The couple met on the set of their 2004 blockbuster, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Jolie said living in Provence, France, is perfect for her family, although she admits she has trouble relaxing. “I’m not very good at relaxing,” she said. “I can’t stay put. I read, write, negotiate films, I carry my office around with me.”
Jolie is doing well after undergoing a preventive double mastectomy in February 2013 after genetic testing revealed she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent 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 said 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%-90% by reducing the amount of estrogen and progesterone circulating in the body.
Angelina, who has been a United Nations goodwill ambassador since 2001, discussed how her charity work has changed her outlook on life in Notes from My Travels.