Every adult who is granted naturalisation or registration as a British citizen has to take part in a citizenship ceremony. At the ceremony, they take an oath of allegiance to the Crown and pledge loyalty to the United Kingdom.
Citizenship ceremonies celebrate the significance of becoming a British citizen and welcome new citizens into the community.
The ceremony begins with welcome speeches by the superintendent registrar and a local dignitary, who gives information about the local community and the history of the borough.
Taking the citizenship oath and pledge is a legal requirement. When you take the pledge, you officially become a British citizen. After the pledges are taken, new citizens are called up one at a time to receive their nationality certificate and information pack.
The nationality certificate is presented by a local dignitary on behalf of the Home Secretary. It can be used to support passport applications and to prove that you are British citizen.
At the end of the ceremony, there is a closing speech and the national anthem is played.
Afterwards there may be an informal celebration with light refreshments, where your guests can take photographs.
Citizenship ceremonies are conducted by registration officers. Group ceremonies normally take place in the Civic Suite in Catford, which is next to the Town Hall. We can also can offer individual ceremonies at the register office in Lewisham for an extra fee.
If the Home Office approves your application for British citizenship you can make an enquiry with us to book a ceremony.
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