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Angelina Jolie visits House of Lords for introduction ceremony

Angelina Jolie headed to London's Palace of Westminster on Monday (24Nov14) to show her support for political adviser Arminka Helic as she was introduced to the House of Lords.

Baroness Helic, the Bosnian-born aide to former U.K. foreign secretary William Hague, was appointed to the upper house by Prime Minister David Cameron in August (14), and on Monday, she was officially welcomed into the House of Lords.


Jolie, who has worked closely with Hague in her role as a United Nations ambassador, was on hand to watch Helic take her seat on the Conservative Party bench as she swore allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II.


After the ceremony, the actress said, "I am very honored to have been present at the introduction of my dear friend Lady Helic. I wouldn't have missed this day for the world."


Hague, who was recently appointed the Prime Minister's Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, was also present for the formal introduction.


Helic is credited with helping to connect Jolie and Hague after handing the British politician a copy of the movie star's 2011 directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which features a harrowing rape scene set during the Bosnian War.


The movie reportedly inspired Hague to make it his mission to bring about an end to sexual violence in war zones and he teamed up with Jolie for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which was held in London in June (14).