Actress Angelina Jolie has been honoured by the Queen for her campaigning work against sexual violence against women in war zones.

Queen Elizabeth II has honoured campaigning actress Angelina Jolie in a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

The queen made Jolie an honorary dame for her work against sexual violence in war zones and her services to British foreign policy.

She received the award on Friday during a private meeting with the queen.

The decision to grant it was announced in June when Jolie co-chaired a conference in London aimed at curbing war-related sexual violence. She worked closely with former British Foreign Minister William Hague on that conference.

The 39-year-old Jolie has drawn praise from many world figures for her work on behalf of refugees and victims of sexual violence.

Jolie recently married longtime partner Brad Pitt and starred in the film “Maleficent.”

Also at Buckingham Palace on Friday the Queen met with Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey.

The former Queensland chief justice was received after being sworn in as governor in late July.