First Wiltshire citizenship ceremony pledges allegiance to The King

The first group of new British citizens in Wiltshire since the passing of The Queen have pledged allegiance to the new King.

The landmark pronouncements came during a citizenship ceremony at County Hall in Trowbridge on October 4, with 10 new citizens making a pledge to His Majesty King Charles III.

Deputy Lieutenant Patrick Wintour, the King’s representative in Wiltshire and the Mayor of Trowbridge Cllr Graham Hill supported the ceremony, which is the final part of the process of becoming a new British citizen.

Each citizen had to repeat the words of the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to His Majesty, which includes the lines: “I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to His Majesty King Charles the Third, his heirs and successors, according to law”.

At the completion of the ceremony, the national anthem, God Save the King, was played.

Cllr Ashley O’Neill, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for governance, said: “This ceremony would have of course been memorable for the new citizens regardless of the circumstances, but pledging allegiance to the new King at a time of hugely historical significance for this country would have made this an even more special experience.

“We wish the new citizens and their families all the very best for the future.”

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