When you arrive at the ceremony, the registrars will check your identity and confirm that the personal details entered on your certificate are correct. You will be asked to bring some photo identity with you, together with your home office letter and our letter confirming your attendance at the ceremony.
During your ceremony, you must make an oath of allegiance, or you can make an affirmation if you prefer not to swear by God and also a pledge. These are promises that you will be a good and loyal citizen of the United Kingdom. The registrar will read out the words that have to be spoken and you will be asked to repeat them.
Local dignitaries may attend the ceremony to offer a welcome on behalf of the Council and the Queen. Everyone will then be asked to stand while the national anthem is played. At the end of the ceremony, you will be presented with your citizenship certificate and a small gift from the council.
Afterward, you will be invited to join us in an informal celebration with light refreshments. You have the opportunity of having your photograph taken with your guests and the dignitaries present.
Anyone wishing to renew their oath of allegiance may do so in one of these ceremonies.