Angelina Jolie Is Made an Honorary Dame by the Queen
06/13/2014 AT 07:30 PM EDT
Angelina Jolie was awarded with the honorary title by Queen Elizabeth II in London Friday, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The actress and humanitarian, 39, who co-chaired a global summit to end sexual violence in conflict in London this week, was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for extraordinary service to U.K. foreign policy.
The title is the female equivalent of an honorary knighthood. Jolie is among a thousand people named on the Queen's annual Birthday Honours list, which also awarded a knighthood to Daniel Day-Lewis, a Companion of Honour order for Dame Maggie Smith and an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Homeland star Damian Lewis.
Jolie's honor recognizes her contribution towards the British foreign policy objective to end sexual violence in conflict – she founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in the U.K. two years ago.
"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," Jolie, who is a U.N. special envoy, said on learning of her award. "Working on PSVI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself. I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime, and I am dedicated to it for all of mine."
Reporting by MARY GREEN