Monday, 3 September 2007

New British Citizens!

On Thursday 30 August 2007, His Excellency the Governor, Mr Andrew George, presided over a Citizenship Ceremony at which eleven new British Citizens were created.

Punctually at five o’clock, the candidates for Citizenship, together with their family and friends all looking suitably smart and overawed by the occasion, arrived at the Governor’s Office for the formal Oath Taking and Swearing of Allegiance to the Crown, which is part of the Ceremony.

They were met by the Governor’s Staff Officer, Mr Joseph Legg, who acted as Master of Ceremonies, guiding the candidates through the event, ensuring that all went smoothly and introducing the Governor at the appropriate point.

After rising for the National Anthem and the Anguillian National Song, the Governor outlined the significance of becoming a British Citizen under the British Overseas Territories Act 2002 and congratulated all those about to receive their Certificates of Citizenship. They would henceforth be able to apply for British Passports and have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom free from immigration control.

The Candidates, one by one, affirmed their allegiance to the Queen, her Heirs and Successors and swore the Citizenship Pledge together. As they did so there was a breathless hush from those in the audience.

The Governor then formally presented each new British Citizen with his or her Certificate of Citizenship and invited the audience to take photographs if they wished to do so. However, it would seem that the occasion was so overawing that even those with cameras kept them in their cases!

I, however, covering the event for another article, did have my camera and so can bring you some photos of these proud new British Citizens receiving their Certificates, along with a picture of the Governor and Staff Officer standing to attention for the National Anthem.

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