Isle of Wight Council

01 Sep 2022

Families celebrate citizenship

The Island welcomed 18 new citizens in British Citizenship ceremonies held during  July and August.

These were the first in-person citizenship ceremonies to take place at County Hall since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020.

The families pledged their allegiance to The Queen and made a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom in the final stage to becoming British citizens at the ceremonies, held at County Hall.

They were welcomed by the Island's Deputy Lord Lieutenants, Kate Collins and Caroline Peel, High Sheriff, Kay Marriott, and chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Claire Critchison.

Janice Lord, registration services manager, said: “Becoming a British citizen is a significant milestone and an official ceremony to mark the occasion is a fantastic way to celebrate the final stage in becoming full British citizens.

”It's great that we have been able to welcome back families to County Hall and they can celebrate together again".

Citizenship ceremonies are held on a monthly basis for people who have had their application for British citizenship accepted.

As part of the ceremony the residents swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a promise to uphold the values and laws of the UK.

They were presented with certificates confirming their new status as British citizens.

Following the ceremony there was a small reception with opportunities for photographs with the attending dignitaries and their families.

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A photo of the dignitaries and families at the citizenship ceremony
A photo of the dignitaries and families at the citizenship ceremony
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  • The Island welcomed 18 new citizens in British Citizenship ceremonies held during July and August.
  • As part of the ceremony the residents swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Crown and make a promise to uphold the values and laws of the UK.
 
Isle of Wight, UK