Brad Pitt, William Hague and Angelina Jolie at the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict [WireImage]
UPDATE: Angelina Jolie has been holding court at the ExCel Centre in London's Docklands this week as part of the sexual violence summit, but today she was joined by a very special guest. Yep, Brad Pitt is in the building. The actress and William Hague were joined by Angelina's A-list fiance at the third day of the event which has seen diplomats, officials and non-profit representatives from more than 100 countries to press for the rights of victims of sexual violence.
While posing for photographers at the entrance, the trio looked wonderfully co-ordinated in their black suits with Angelina looking more elegant than ever. Indeed, Hague said the 'double act' could be the future of foreign policy. Here's hoping. Grazia's Lottie Lumsden is also at the event so stay tuned to our Instagram feed for the latest updates...
10 June 2014: Angelina Jolie Hosts War Zone Rape Summit
They may be the most unlikely double act in town but Angelina Jolie and William Hague are today chairing a summit on sexual violence in war zones. It’s the strongest hint yet that the actress and UN special envoy is shifting her career focus from films to politics.
Angelina Jolie at the War Zone Rape Summit in London today [Getty]
Angelina Jolie arrived at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London this morning with the aim to make sexual violence in war zones as unacceptable as chemical weapons and cluster munitions. During the official opening statement, the actress, dressed in a white ensemble, said, 'We must send a message across the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence - the shame is on the aggressor.'
Angelina Jolie and William Hague at the Global Summit to end Sexual Violence in Conflict [WireImage]
Meanwhile, William Hague announced the UK will pledge a further £6m to survivors of sexual violence. Indeed, it was only two weeks ago that Mr Hague talked to our political columnist Gaby Hinsliff about the summit - and his unlikely friendship with the Hollywood star.
The British Foreign Secretary told Grazia that Angelina was ‘giving her all’ for the event aimed at changing attitudes to rape and sexual exploitation – and that their work together won’t end there. So could the 38-year-old actress, who recently hinted she might run for public office saying, ‘If I thought I would be effective, I would,’ finally be ready to leave Hollywood behind?
‘She keeps doing more with the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative,’ Hague said. ‘I don’t know what she will do on the film side. But she’s very dedicated – she was here just 10 days ago discussing the summit. We see it as the next stage in our campaign.’
Angelina Jolie and William Hague [Getty]
And unusually, we’re all invited to join in. The Foreign Office has thrown a summit that is open to the public for the first time, hosting film screenings, exhibitions and debates alongside the private ministerial meetings – all designed to be shared under the hashtag #timetoact.
The idea, Hague said, is to show we won’t stand for victims being blamed or for atrocities going unpunished. ‘What would it say about our own society if we know about these crimes and chose not to do anything?’ he asked.