Actress Angelina Jolie was made an honorary dame and actor Daniel Day-Lewis given a knighthood in U.K. honors announced late yesterday to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
Charlie Bean, the outgoing deputy governor of the Bank of England, also becomes a knight and former bank policy maker Kate Barker a dame in a list of 1,149 people awarded honors for service to the U.K. Standard Life Plc (SL/) Chairman Gerry Grimstone also receives a knighthood.
Jolie, 39, who founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative with U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and is a United Nations special envoy, becomes a Dame Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in recognition of her work, the U.K. government said. The honorary award allows the American to use the letters DCMG after her name, though not to call herself Dame Angelina, as she could if she were a British citizen.
“Working on PSVI and with survivors of rape is an honor in itself,” Jolie, who co-hosted a four-day meeting in London this week aimed at stamping out sexual violence in armed conflicts, said in a statement. “I know that succeeding in our goals will take a lifetime and I am dedicated to it for the rest of mine.”
The honors, awarded twice yearly, are bestowed in the name of the queen and recommended by a panel that considers suggestions from government departments and political parties as well as from members of the public.
Like other knights, multiple Oscar winner Day-Lewis will receive his award in a ceremony in which he is touched on each shoulder with a sword by a member of the royal family and will be able to use the title “Sir” in front of his name.
There were also awards for actress Maggie Smith, who becomes a Companion of Honour, “Homeland” star Damian Lewis, who becomes an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, and the pianist Andras Schiff, who is knighted.
Fashion designer Zandra Rhodes becomes a dame, as does double Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel. Beatles biographer Hunter Davies is awarded the OBE and “Dr. Who” actor John Barrowman becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, “for services to light entertainment.”
In sport, four-time Indycar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti receives an MBE, while Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland gets an OBE. England women’s cricket captain Charlotte Edwards becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE.
Former Saga Group Director-General Ros Altmann also receives a CBE, while Louise Makin, chief executive officer of BTG International Ltd., becomes a dame and Philip Dilley, chairman of Arup Group Ltd., is knighted.
Cancer campaigner Stephen Sutton, who set a target of raising 10,000 pounds ($17,000) for the Teenage Cancer Trust before he died and raised more than 4 million pounds, is awarded an MBE, backdated to May 14, the date of his death. While it’s not possible to give posthumous awards, he can receive it because he accepted it before he died, the Cabinet Office said.
“Stephen had been offered and accepted the proposed MBE before he passed away in May,” Bob Kerslake, the head of the civil service, told reporters in London. “He said when he was told about it that he thought it was awesome.”
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