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Friday, 17 March 2017 10:31

Angelina Jolie meets with the Archbishop of Canterbury

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As Angelina Jolie's humanitarian efforts continue, the actress and UNHCR special envoy met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on Thursday.

The 41-year-old screen star sat down with the leading church of England figure in London to discuss sexual violence in conflict, the refugee crisis, South Sudan.

After the meeting, the archbishop took tweeted snapshots of his time with the star, alongside the caption: 'Privilege to welcome UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie. Discussed refugee crisis, South Sudan and prevention of sexual violence in conflict.'

Angelina, who was appointed to her United Nations post in 2012, previously worked with the archbishop in 2015 at at the opening of the Centre for Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, where she spoke out against sexual violence.

'The role of the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Refugees, Angelina Jolie Pitt, is one that has been extraordinary,' the archbishop said of her at the time.

'What she said just now sums up so beautifully the issues we are facing, and puts it so precisely in terms of the challenge that there is.

'It’s wonderful that she has committed her time, her energy, and has taken great personal risks in order to be able to speak authentically as to what she’s done.'

A day earlier, she headed to the United Nations offices in Geneva for the annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation lecture.

The Oscar winning actress looked enthralled as she listened in on the presentation with UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi before taking to the stage to deliver a speech of her own.

Rousing the audience for her Viera de Mello memorial lecture, the mother-of-six explained: 'We need to stand true to the ideals of the UN...we are the UN.' 

She added: 'There is no shortcut to peace and security... I am a proud American and I am an internationalist.' 

Rousing the audience for her Viera de Mello memorial lecture, the mother-of-six explained: 'We need to stand true to the ideals of the UN...we are the UN.'

Sérgio Vieira de Mello was a Brazilian United Nations diplomat who worked for the UN for more than 34 years before he was killed in the Canal Hotel Bombing in Iraq along with 20 other members of his staff in 2003. 

Just a day before that, she had a busy day in London that culminated in grand surroundings when she paid an evening visit to London's Buckingham Palace.

The Hollywood actress was joined by son Maddox as they took the short trip from their lavish hotel, just hours after she accepted a new role as professor in practice of London School of Economics.

Dressed appropriately in a smart black evening dress and matching leather boots, Angelina looked typically elegant as they made their way towards a waiting car.  

With her brunette hair swept back, Angelina revealed her sharply defined features, accentuated by deft touches of make-up.

Walking alongside his mother, Maddox appeared to be in high spirits ahead of their visit to the Queen's historic London home.

Given their destination the 15-year old looked surprisingly casual in a loose fitting shirt, jeans and trainers.  

With a hotel doorman quietly observing, the pair offered bystanders a polite smile as they climbed into their vehicle. 

Moments later their car was been being accepted through the wrought iron gates of the Palace.

It is understood Angelina and Maddox were given a highly unusual private tour of Buckingham Palace, where no members of the royal family were present. 

The Palace will be open daily for visits to its State Rooms from 9:30am to 7:30pm from July 22 to August 31. 

It will reopen for tourists from September 1 to October 1, with exclusive evening visits running from  5:30pm.  

Earlier that day the star said she was 'feeling butterflies' before she lectured at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, beginning a new master's course on the impact of war on women.

Despite her nerves, she embodied her new, visiting professor mantle perfectly, paring down her iconic Hollywood image in favour of a simple yet sophisticated longline coat.  

Angelina told London's Evening Standard: 'I’m a little nervous, feeling butterflies. I hope I do well. This is very important to me.'  

The actress addressed a class of students taking the same-titled postgraduate course, Women, Peace and Security - and her speech went down well with the class, who described the presentation as 'wonderful'. 

The course helps scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world.

They conduct original research and teach with the aim of promoting gender equality and enhancing women’s economic, social and political participation and security. 

As part of her fellowship, Angelina will also be able to conduct her own research in the field. 

The activist spoke about her experience and what has motivated her work as United Nations Special Envoy. 

Afterwards, students were full of praise for the actress, sharing pictures from inside her lecture and calling her presentation 'wonderful'.

One starstruck attendee reassured the 'nervous' speaker by saying: 'Ms. Jolie, you did wonderfully!' while another simply said: 'Incredible lecture by Angelina today'

Another post-graduate student added: 'She'll make an amazing visiting professor. So honored to hear her inaugural lecture at LSE on sexual violence, rape, working w/ refugees'

Visiting: It is understood to be her first lecture at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

One other shared a group picture with the actress and captioned it: 'When Angelina Jolie is the guest lecturer at LSE'  

In her new role, Angelina is invited to attended public events and workshops in association with the course, 'as her schedule allows'.

She co-founded the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative - aiming to end the stigma suffered by survivors of sexual violence, and children born of rape - five years ago.

Her work includes minimising the long term consequences this may have in communities as well as reconciliation and peacebuilding.

The school announced the presence of Angelina on their own social media account on Tuesday morning and word quickly spread across campus. 

'Was just sitting in an LSE cafe waiting for my lecture,' one stunned Facebook user wrote. 'And Angelina Jolie strolls past and into the upstairs offices followed by flashing cameras. 

'Needless to say, I was looking fairly out of place, we made eye contact and I saw my life flash before my eyes... Jokes but seriously if you're around on campus, Angelina is currently in Tower 2'

Naturally, the moviestar's visit wasn't without anticipated hysteria with some even suggesting that it was the best thing to happen to the university during their study.

'Angelina Jolie on campus,' one gushed. 'I'm finally seing the advantages of going to LSE jk'

Another concurred: 'Everybody sharing that picture of Angelina Jolie at LSE bc it's the best bit of being here'

Noticing the student body buzz, one other added: 'Angelina Jolie just gave a lecture at LSE and everybody is going crazy lol'

The not-so subtle attention Angelina had drawn was not to every student's taste and another joked: 'Is Angelina Jolie on campus today? If only loads of people shared it on every social media platform, we'd know.' 

Announcing her role back in May, Angelina originally said: 'I am looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students, as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the United Nations.'

In the unpaid role, Angelina, alongside ex-foreign secretary William Hague, has agreed to teach a minimum of one lecture in the one-term master's course.

From September, the course will develop students will be able to take an entire master’s - which makes the London School of Economics the first to offer this.

Professor Christine Chinkin, Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, said in a statement issued to MailOnline: 'I am delighted that LSE postgraduate students have had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the valuable insights, perspectives and experiences that Angelina Jolie brought to the class.'

Chinkin continued: 'Global action to enhance women's human rights, and the economic, social and political participation of women takes place at all levels – through local activism, international institutions, and cross-border initiatives. 

'Critical and constructive engagement with this work is at the core of the education programme of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.'

Previously, Angelina was there to see the centre opened in February 2015 and has therefore been a supporter ever since.   

It was Angelina's humanitarian work that brought her to London from Los Angeles with her six children, at the weekend.

Unsupported by ex-husband Brad Pitt during her visit to the British capital, Angelina has been looking after Maddox, 15, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and eight-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox, all by herself.

Angelina filed for divorce from her husband Brad in September 2016 after 10 years together, and confirmed that the family was 'coping' after a 'difficult time', last month.

So far, the family's stay has seen them stocking up on books at Waterstone's and also treated to new toys at Hamley's.

On Monday, Angelina commenced a busy week by taking part in a panel discussion at World Vision UK HQ on the 5 year anniversary of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

Angelina said: 'All of us involved in PSVI are proud of the work so far. 

'But with much more to do we are very focused on the next steps: taking the tools that have been developed into the field to help document crimes and support prosecutions, working with militaries to change doctrine and training, and pushing for the implementation of laws to protect the very vulnerable victims.'

Angelina is now promoting the Time to Act initiative and work will place a greater focus on dealing with trauma and support to child and male survivors.

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