The Lieutenancy of Dunbartonshire welcomes the opportunity to represent HM The Queen at Citizenship Ceremonies and to participate in these very special and important occasions with those who have chosen to become British citizens.
This Ceremony is the final step on the journey to becoming a British citizen. In 2003, the UK government introduced the requirement that all persons over 18 years of age applying for naturalisation or registration as a British citizen must take a Citizenship Oath and a Pledge of Loyalty to the Monarch at a Citizenship Ceremony. It is a legal requirement to have a Ceremony within three months of the date of the Home Office invitation letter.
The Registrar of the local Council officiates at the Ceremony which is attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant or his Deputy, the Provost of the local Council and some invited guests of those who are becoming British Citizens.
The Citizenship Ceremony is a formal occasion. All new citizens are asked either to swear an Oath to God, or to affirm an Oath that does not have any religious context. The choice is made by each person.
Swearing the Oath: -
"I (your full 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."
Affirming the Oath: -
"I (your full 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."
Both those who are swearing or affirming will then make the Pledge of Loyalty: -
The Provost welcomes everyone to the local Council area and may present a certificate or gift of welcome. At the end of the Ceremony, all new citizens and their guests stand for their new National Anthem - God Save The Queen.
There is then an opportunity to meet and chat to the dignitaries and to each other and for photographs to be taken of this significant occasion.
Photos by Courtesy of Robert Bell, West Highland Photography.