Monday November 16th
County Council Offices, Worcester
Wendy outside County Hall
The council chamber where the ceremony takes place. During the proceedings pictures are not allowed. This was the biggest in terms of numbers of people becoming British Citizens that I have ever been too. Civic heads from around the county are invited to witness the occasion and meet new citizens. There were about 50 people from countries all over the world.
Order of ceremony
- When you arrive for the ceremony you will be asked to show your letter of invitation at the registration. You will be seated and given your pledge card with the words to the Oath of Allegiance or Affirmation of Allegiance. You will have already chosen which allegiance you will swear at the ceremony. You will be welcomed by the Chairman or Vice Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, and you will be asked to give your oath or affirmation.
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 and sincerely 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
- After the oath or affirmation, you will make the citizenship pledge:
I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.
- The Chairman, or the Chairman’s representative, will then present you with your citizenship certificate and a gift.
- At the end of the ceremony the new citizens listen to the National Anthem.
- Photographs are taken with the Chairman and other civic dignitaries present, to round off a special, meaningful and enjoyable occasion.