Has anyone here gone through a British citizenship ceremony lately? What was your experience like? I have seen lots of threads about the paperwork involved in applying for naturalisation, but not about the ceremony itself. Thank you.
Well, you usually meet in the town hall of where you live, the presenter introduces the ceremony, there may be a talk by a mayor or another distinguished speaker, and then you stand and repeat an oath of allegiance to the Queen and British way of life, laws and traditions and to do your part as a citizen. The ceremony ends with the recitation of the British anthem, you get your naturalisation or registration certificate and you then have an opportunity to have photos taken.
There is a you tube videoclip of a ceremony highlight from 2012 in Southwark at http://www*.youtube.com/watch?v=FbqZhxODMnY
(remove * to go to you tube site) http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/applying/ceremony/
And your local council usually has a page on the ceremony taking place in their authority.
Remember, this is for a group ceremony, for which you have paid £85 as part of your naturalisation fees. If you have opted for a private ceremony at extra charge (often £100-£150), it will be a very quiet affair with a council officer in his or her office.