Citizenship ceremonies regularly take place at Lambeth Town Hall, and of course in Town, County, and City Halls around the country.
These are extremely special events, where we welcome Lambeth’s newest citizens.
However, this ceremony as it was the first following the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen, which the Representative Deputy Lieutenant spoke of as he said some words on behalf of the local community.
For the first time since these ceremonies were introduced the new citizens made an oath of allegiance to His Majesty the King (or an affirmation if they prefer not to swear by God) and a pledge. This means they promise to respect the rights, freedoms, and laws of the UK.
After the legal element of the ceremony, the Deputy Lieutenant presented those who have made their pledges with their certificate of British citizenship.
Here is what they now say…
Oath of allegiance
I, (name), swear by Almighty God that, on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles III. His Heirs, and Successors, according to law.
(or) Affirmation of allegiance
I (name) do solemnly, sincerely, and truly declare and affirm that on becoming a British Citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles III. His Heirs and Successors, according to law
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 fulfill my duties and obligations as a British citizen.
During the ceremony, Christopher Wellbelove DL celebrates Lambeth’s history, connection with the arts, and the fact the anti-slavery campaigners of the eighteenth century were based in our borough.
Lambeth has a rich and long history, and he calls upon all present to celebrate the fact that on that day, they became part of that history.