Not only did Angelina Jolie meet Queen Elizabeth II, when she received an honorary damehood in 2014, but the actress has been fostering a relationship with the royal ever since.
According to People (opens in new tab), for a new documentary on ITV called The Queen’s Green Planet, Jolie and her six children (opens in new tab) visit Namibia to highlight forest conservation, and the actress has only kind words to say about the British monarch.
In the documentary (via People (opens in new tab)), Jolie reveals, "For us to come here and say to the children, 'This is why it's important to plant a tree,' that's the biggest message I can teach my kids, and it's something that they’ve certainly learned from Her Majesty and her message."
Jolie received her damehood (opens in new tab) in 2014 for her humanitarian work, and her efforts to end sexual violence in war zones.
And that's not all, as Jolie continues:
"They ask me, 'Why is it so important to her?' You know when you sit up at night in a tent with your kids and they say, 'Why does the Queen of England care about planting trees in Africa?' What it comes down to is, you say to the kids, 'You know really, you don’t know her, you can't understand all that it means to be a queen... You know she’s just this really lovely lady who really cares about people around the world, and she really cares about the future, and she wants your grandkids and her grandkids to be able to be running around, enjoying nature and other cultures... She thinks that really matters and I agree with her."
Basically, Jolie and the Queen are very, very, quite good friends now, thank you very much.
Amy Mackelden is a freelance writer, editor, and disability activist. Her bylines include Harper's BAZAAR, Nicki Swift, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, ELLE, The Independent, Bustle, Healthline, and HelloGiggles. She co-edited The Emma Press Anthology of Illness, and previously spent all of her money on Kylie Cosmetics.
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