The Lieutenancy Role within Citizenship Ceremonies

In January 2004 the Government introduced a requirement that people aged 18 years or over, who are accepted for naturalisation or registration as British citizens, must take a Citizenship Oath and pledge at a Citizenship Ceremony. This is a memorable and enjoyable event that celebrates the important occasion of becoming a British Citizen.

The ceremony involves prospective citizens making an oath of allegiance to His Majesty The King and a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.  New citizens are welcomed by a dignitary; either the Lord-Lieutenant, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Deputy Lieutenant, High Sheriff or perhaps the Chair (or Vice Chair) of Council.

The dignitary talks about Somerset and reminds the new citizens of their rights and privileges as well as their responsibility to play their part in our community and society.

The Lieutenancy is proud and privileged to play a part in this important event in people’s lives and, all those involved enjoy the informal role of meeting new citizens and welcoming them to our county.

Ceremonies are generally held every four to six weeks in Taunton, Bath and Weston-super-Mare.  You can find more information on Citizenship Ceremonies on website.

Last reviewed: April 30, 2024 by Kailani

Next review due: October 30, 2024

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