Proud to be British
On Thursday 29th August, His Excellency and Lady Corder attended a Citizenship Ceremony at The Royal Court to welcome ten new British citizens. The ceremony was presided over by the Deputy Bailiff, Richard McMahon, and four Jurats.
To commence the ceremony the Deputy Bailliff reminded candidates that granting British citizenship was one of the few areas Guernsey's parliament, the States of Deliberation, does not have the power to legislate for the Island - this was an aspect of statehood and so is reserved for London which allows for the uniformity of legislation across the British Isles.
The processes for granting a person with British citizenship are long established and are done so to allow;
1. The recognition of the occasion's importance;
2. The acknowledgment that candidates accept their obligations to be loyal to Her Majesty The Queen and to respect the laws and institutions of the part of the British Isles in which they are resident;
3. The affirmation that the candidates must have a reasonable command of the English language; and
4. A test demonstrating the candidate's knowledge of life in the United Kingdom - the local test has a Guernsey element too.
Each of the ten candidates swore either an Oath of Allegiance or an Oath of Affirmation to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her heirs and successors. A Pledge was also recited by all candidates affirming their commitment to be loyal and respect rights and freedoms whilst upholding the democratic values of the United Kingdom.
Following the proceedings, His Excellency awarded each of the candidates a Certificate of British Naturalisation.
Congratulations to all ten new British citizens!