Citizenship ceremonies are the final step in the process for people who have been successful in gaining British citizenship.
Successful applicants aged 18 or over have to take part in a ceremony where they swear or affirm an Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and pledge loyalty to the United Kingdom. It is a way of formally welcoming new citizens into our community. There is no legal requirement for those under 18 to attend, however they are welcome to attend to receive their certificate.
Once the Home Office has granted your citizenship and sent you a letter confirming this, you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony. The Citizenship Administrator will write to you, confirming when your ceremony is booked for. Your ceremony will be held either at the Aylesbury or the Beaconsfield Old Town Registration Office, depending which one is closest to your home. The ceremony will be offered within 90 days of you receiving your citizenship invitation letter from the Home Office.
Ceremonies last 40 minutes and take place in our registration offices:
- 1.30pm for a 2pm start - every other Tuesday in Aylesbury
- 9.30am for 10am start - every other Wednesday or Friday in Beaconsfield.
You will need some time before the ceremony starts to check paperwork and sign the register. You may bring two guests with you.
We can also arrange private ceremonies outside these times. Costs are detailed below.