Under the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002, which came into force
on 1 January 2004, anyone aged 18 years or over who successfully applies for
naturalisation or registration as a British citizen must take an oath and pledge
at a citizenship ceremony.
The ceremony is intended to celebrate the significance of becoming a British
citizen and welcome that person into his or her community. As part of the
ceremony prospective citizens will make
- an oath/affirmation to Her Majesty the Queen
- a pledge of loyalty to the United Kingdom.
You can find out how to apply for British citizenship,
including information about citizenship ceremonies
, on the UK Border Agency website.