The ceremony formally welcomes new arrivals into the British family. It confers rights and acknowledges responsibilities. By definition, nationality means to have membership of a particular nation – in this case, the nation is the United Kingdom.
At a citizenship ceremony, new citizens are required to make promises and swear or affirm an oath or allegiance to the sovereign that they will be faithful citizens. They must also make a formal and public pledge to be loyal subjects and observe the laws of this country.
The ceremony concludes when new citizens are presented with their certificate of naturalisation. It is at this point that they become British citizens.
The ceremony is conducted by a Registrar and it will proceed as follows:
- At the start, the Registrar welcomes everyone.
- A local dignitary makes a speech on behalf of the local community and the Queen.
- You take the Oath and Pledge of Allegiance. You swear or affirm the oath depending on your personal wishes or religious belief.
- You are presented with a Certificate of Naturalisation and welcome pack.
- There are photographic opportunities.
- Everyone stands for the National Anthem.
Oath of allegiance.
I (name) swear by Almighty God that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors, according to law.
Affirmation of allegiance.
I (name) do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors, according to law.