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Book a citizenship ceremony

The final step on the journey to becoming a British citizen, for most people, is to swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen at a citizenship ceremony.

In 2003, the 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 pledge at a citizenship ceremony.

The ceremonies are a time for celebration and provide an opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of their local community and to this nation. As a Royal Borough, it is most appropriate for us to extend this welcome and confer the honour of citizenship upon you.

After you've received your invitation letter

Once you have received your invitation letter, you need to contact us to book a date to attend your ceremony - the Home Office does not forward your personal contact details to us.

You must ensure you have your ceremony within three months of the date of the invitation letter from the Home Office.

Register for a Citizenship Ceremony

Private citizenship ceremonies

To arrange a private ceremony, please contact the Register Office.

Rescheduling your ceremony

You are legally required to have your ceremony within three months of the date of your Home Office invitation letter.

If you wish to reschedule the ceremony we may not be able to offer you your first choice of date, but we'll try to find a date that is suitable for you. 

Try and give us as much notice as possible.