Hollywood royalty steps in for the Queen: Angelina Jolie is centre of attention at dedication service at St Paul’s Cathedral after Her Majesty is forced to pull out through illness

Angelina Jolie dazzled as she attended the Service of Commemoration and Dedication to mark the 200th anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at St Paul’s Cathedral in London on Thursday.

The Maleficent star, 43, looked effortlessly chic in an ivory cowl-neck gown, as she became the star attraction of the service, after the Queen was forced to bow out due to reportedly contracting a summer cold.

The brunette beauty proudly sported the sash badge of the order – a dazzling brooch coming in a silver-gilt and enamel – while she slipped on silk gloves to perfect her elegant ensemble for the dazzling bash.

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Angelina Jolie oozed elegance at the Service of Commemoration and Dedication to mark the 200th anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at London's St Paul's Cathedral  on Thursday (pictured with Arminka Heli¿)

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Angelina Jolie oozed elegance at the Service of Commemoration and Dedication to mark the 200th anniversary of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday (pictured with Arminka Helić)

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Royal wave: The brunette beauty added a touch of sparkle with a golden bejewelled brooch and slipped on matching gloves

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Attendance:The Maleficent star, 43, looked effortlessly chic in an ivory cowl neck gown, with a ruffled waist as she became the star attraction of the service, after the Queen was forced to bow out due to reportedly contracting a summer cold

Adding a jaunty edge to her ensemble, she donned a beautiful ivory hat topped with a ribbon and wore her brunette locks swept up into a chignon.

The Girl, Interrupted star accentuated her pretty features with smoky shadow and fluttery lashes, while her famous pout was slicked in a rose gloss.

The star joined the congregation for the service and quickly became the star of the show following Her Majesty’s withdrawal, with guests flocking around Angelina.

The beauty was seen sharing a special moment with her young fans as well, when a group of children gathered round to shake her hand and chat with the actress.

She was also pictured walking alongside Arminka Helić, Baroness Helic, a British politician who served as Special Adviser to the former Foreign Secretary William Hague. Angelina and Arminka, who is originally from Bosnia, have become quite close over the years.

Angelina was also on hand to watch as Lady Helic was admitted to the House of Lords in 2014, and they have traveled together in the past to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands and also to Burma at election time in 2015.

Angelina Jolie waves at fans outside St Paul’s Cathedral

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Flawless: The star added height to her look with silver heels 

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Flawless: Adding a jaunty edge to her ensemble, she donned a beautiful ivory hat topped with a ribbon and wore her brunette locks swept up into a chignon

Good to meet you: The smiling mother-of-six was also seen sharing a special moment with her young fans, when a group of children gathered around her to shake her hand and chat with the star 

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Good to meet you: The smiling mother-of-six was also seen sharing a special moment with her young fans, when a group of children gathered around her to shake her hand and chat with the star

Absence: The Queen was forced to cancel her appearance at the service because she is said to be suffering from a summer cold (pictured on June 21, 2018)

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Absence: The Queen was forced to cancel her appearance at the service because she is said to be suffering from a summer cold (pictured on June 21, 2018)

Special moment: The star was seen sharing a joke with the children at the service as their proud parents snapped the moment

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Special moment: The star was seen sharing a joke with the children at the service as their proud parents snapped the moment

Proud: The brunette proudly sported the sash badge for the order, a dazzling brooch coming in a silver-gilt and enamel. The Badge of the Order depicts St George fighting the dragon on one side, and the archangel St Michael trampling Satan on the other

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Proud: The brunette proudly sported the sash badge for the order, a dazzling brooch coming in a silver-gilt and enamel. The Badge of the Order depicts St George fighting the dragon on one side, and the archangel St Michael trampling Satan on the other

The Order recognises service in a foreign country or in relation to foreign or Commonwealth affairs, such as the work of foreign service officers and diplomats.

The Order consists of the Sovereign, Grand Master (Duke of Kent), 125 Knights and Dames Grand Cross, 375 Knights and Dames Commander and 1,750 Companions.

The Badge of the Order depicts St George fighting the dragon on one side, and the archangel St Michael trampling Satan on the other.

Angelina was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order.

She was awarded an honorary damehood in 2014 for services to UK foreign policy and her extensive work on the campaign to end sexual violence in warzones.

It is granted by the Queen on the Prime Minister’s advice.

The cathedral is the home of the Chapel of the Order of St Michael and St George, formally dedicated in 1906. The Queen was forced to cancel her appearance at the service because she is said to be suffering from a summer cold.

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Ethereal: The Oscar winner looked radiant as she walked into the service in her ivory ensemble

Angelina Jolie oozes elegance in ivory gown at St Paul’s Cathedral

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Well she is Hollywood royalty: Attendees clamoured around the star to shake her hand before the service

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Well she is Hollywood royalty: Attendees clamoured around the star to shake her hand before the service

Smile: She was joined by a glamorous pal as she left the cathedral 

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Smile: She was joined by a glamorous pal as she left the cathedral

Centre of attention: All eyes were on Angie as she made her way to her seat 

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Centre of attention: All eyes were on Angie as she made her way to her seat

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen is feeling under the weather today and has decided not to attend this morning’s service at St Paul’s Cathedral marking the 200th anniversary of the Order of St Michael and St George.’

She added: ‘Her Majesty will be represented by The Duke of Kent as Grand Master of the Order.’

No doctor has been called and the 92-year-old Queen is expected to travel from Buckingham Palace in the capital to Windsor Castle in Berkshire this afternoon for the weekend as planned.

Chat: Angelina was the centre of attention as she spoke with some fans

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Chat: Angelina was the centre of attention as she spoke with some fans

 Radiant: Angelina put on an impossibly chic display as she took her seat 

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 Radiant: Angelina put on an impossibly chic display as she took her seat

 Delight: The acclaimed actress looked up and smiled as she took her seat 

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 Delight: The acclaimed actress looked up and smiled before showing off her flawless outfit

Happy days: Angelina was previously in a relationship with actor Brad Pitt, 52; they were married in August 2014 but began a relationship in 2005. The duo, who split in September 2016, have six children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, nine.

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Happy days: Angelina was previously in a relationship with actor Brad Pitt, 52; they were married in August 2014 but began a relationship in 2005. The duo, who split in September 2016, have six children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, nine.

Her programme of events in Scotland next week is also still due to take place.

Angelina was previously in a relationship with actor Brad Pitt, 52; they were married in August 2014 but began a relationship in 2005. The duo, who split in September 2016, have six children, Maddox, 16, Pax, 14, Zahara, 13, Shiloh, 12, and twins Vivienne and Knox, nine.

She has been in London shooting Maleficent 2 with Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer. It was reported earlier this month, she wanted to make it a family affair by casting daughter Shiloh and son Knox in the Disney sequel that sees her playing the villain again. Her daughter Vivienne appeared in the first film, which came out in 2014.

 Wow factor: The star looked radiant as she chatted with members of the congregation

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 Wow factor: The star looked radiant as she chatted with members of the congregation

 Looking good: Angelina showed off her sartorial prowess as she took her seat 

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 Looking good: Angelina showed off her sartorial prowess as she took her seat

200th anniversary: Angelina looked breathtaking as she attended the ceremony marking 200 years since the inception of the Order

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200th anniversary: Angelina looked breathtaking as she attended the ceremony marking 200 years since the inception of the Order

Radiant: The star flashed a warm smile as the ceremony got underway

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Radiant: The star flashed a warm smile as the ceremony got underway

Smile: The beauty flashed a radiant smile as she chatted with fellow attendees

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Smile: The beauty flashed a radiant smile as she chatted with fellow attendees

It’s been alleged that the beauty’s estranged husband refused to allow the two children to participate in what has been an ugly and ongoing custody spat stemming from her 2016 divorce filing, according to UsWeekly.

The insider revealed: ‘He refuses to sign off her plan to include Shiloh and Knox in Maleficent 2. The kids are being used as pawns.’

The source also said that the children were supposed to be in London with Angie for two weeks then go back to LA with Brad, but she then changed the plans. The magazine did not explain why she changed the plans but did have a Pitt source argue it was not fair. Pitt has been seen in London near her filming location.

Vision of beauty: Angelina looked breathtaking as she made her way through the crowd

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Vision of beauty: Angelina looked breathtaking as she made her way through the crowd

Attendance: Adding a jaunty edge to her ensemble, she donned a beautiful ivory hat topped with a ribbon and wore her brunette locks swept up into a chignon

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Attendance: Adding a jaunty edge to her ensemble, she donned a beautiful ivory hat topped with a ribbon and wore her brunette locks swept up into a chignon

A-list: Angelina oozed glamour as she joined the distinguished crowd at the event 

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A-list: Angelina oozed glamour as she joined the distinguished crowd at the event

And then the publication added some very specific custody agreement details. The Ocean’s 11 star has been allowed to ‘host’ one or two of the kids at a time in four hour intervals with a therapist present, the magazine claimed, from June 8 to June 17.

And from June 27 until July 1, he may see the kids for 10 hours a day also with a therapist, it was claimed. Then from July 8 to July 14, Brad will spend ‘four consecutive days’ with the kids with a therapist present, it was alleged.

From July 12 to July 29, he will return to California and he will have custody of the kids, it was reported.

The source also said that Brad and Angelina do not talk to each other at all. ‘They are not on good terms and are less than civil,’ it was added. Their custody agreement is temporary and they will head back to court on August 13 to iron out firmer plans.

Crowd: Angelina took her seat in the cathedral with the congregation

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Crowd: Angelina took her seat in the cathedral with the congregation

Elegance: Angelina was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order. She was awarded an honorary damehood in 2014 for services to UK foreign policy and her extensive work on the campaign to end sexual violence in warzones

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Elegance: Angelina was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order. She was awarded an honorary damehood in 2014 for services to UK foreign policy and her extensive work on the campaign to end sexual violence in warzones

What is the Order of St Michael and St George?

Guest of honour: Angelina was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order. She was awarded an honorary damehood in 2014.

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Guest of honour: Angelina was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order. She was awarded an honorary damehood in 2014.

The Order recognises service in a foreign country or in relation to foreign or Commonwealth affairs, such as the work of foreign service officers and diplomats.

The Order consists of the Sovereign, Grand Master (Duke of Kent), 125 Knights and Dames Grand Cross, 375 Knights and Dames Commander and 1,750 Companions.

The Badge of the Order depicts St George fighting the dragon on one side, and the archangel St Michael trampling Satan on the other.

Angelina was invited as a recipient of an honour from the Order. She was awarded an honorary damehood in 2014 for services to UK foreign policy and her extensive work on the campaign to end sexual violence in warzones.

It is granted by the Queen on the Prime Minister’s advice. The cathedral is the home of the Chapel of the Order of St Michael and St George, formally dedicated in 1906.

The service celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Order’s inception in 1818.

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Bling: Angelina was seen checking out the medallion of a fellow attendee

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Bling: Angelina was seen checking out the medallion of a fellow attendee

Dignified: The actress took her place in the seats during the service 

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Dignified: The actress took her place in the seats during the service

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Delight: Angelina looked over the moon as she chatted before the service got underway

Fresh-faced: The By The Sea actress is in the UK filming Maleficient 2 

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Fresh-faced: The By The Sea actress is in the UK filming Maleficient 2

What's this? Angelina and her friend were seen inspecting the medallion of a fellow attendee 

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What’s this? Angelina and her friend were seen inspecting the medallion of a fellow attendee

Commemoration: Angelina looked regal as she stood for the service 

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Commemoration: Angelina looked regal as she stood for the service

Wave: Angelina looked breathtaking as she waved to the crowds before the service got underway 

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