From December 31st 2003 it became mandatory for all new British citizens (with the exception of those under 18 years of age) to attend a ceremony (held in the new citizens' local authority) to receive their certificate of naturalization.
The celebratory ceremony is held at Merthyr Tydfil Civic Centre ,hosted by the Superintendent Registrar , in the presence of the Mayor and is intended to be a formal welcome to civic society.
New citizens are required to make an oath or affirmation of allegiance to the Crown by repeating the words from a pledge card (supplied before the ceremony).
The ceremony lasts about 20 minutes during which the certificate of naturalization and welcome pack will be presented. Refreshments are then provided in the Mayor's parlour.
The format of a ceremony is as follows:
Visit the Home Office Ceremonies Website for more details.