Citizenship ceremonies were introduced in January 2004 as a result of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002. This Act made it a legal requirement for all applicants for British citizenship over the age of 18 years, to take part in a citizenship ceremony, where they swear or affirm an oath of allegiance to the Sovereign and to make a pledge of commitment to the United Kingdom.
We are responsible for organising ceremonies for successful citizenship applicants who live or who request to have their ceremony in Denbighshire.
What happens at the ceremony?
The ceremony will be conducted by a Superintendent Registrar or a Deputy Superintendent Registrar. The chairman or vice chairman of Denbighshire County Council also attend to welcome the new citizen, and following the ceremony, present a commemorative gift. The Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, or his Deputy, will also be there to welcome the new citizen to the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Sovereign, and to present the citizenship certificate, which grants full rights as a British Citizen. The High Sheriff of Clwyd will also be in attendance.
When can they be held?
Citizenship ceremonies are normally held on the second Thursday of each month at the Town Hall in Ruthin. However, it is possible to hold a private, individual ceremony, either at the Town Hall or at one of the venues within Denbighshire which have been approved for Civil Ceremonies. Additional fees will apply for private ceremonies.
You can contact us for further information.