The Schedule


After 6 years in the UK, we finally became British citizens. Due to COVID, we attended a virtual citizenship ceremony.

11:25 GMT

Video call starts with our county council.
Registrar's Assistant conduct identity checks.

11:30 GMT

Superintendent Registrar starts the citizenship ceremony.

11:40 - 11:45 GMT

Elaine sworn in as British citizen.

11:45 - 11:50 GMT

Andre sworn in as British citizen.

11:50 - 12:00 GMT

Superintendent Registrar concludes the ceremony.
Playing of the British National Anthem.

12:00 GMT

British citizenship registration complete.
Naturalisation certificates sent via secure delivery.

Our ceremony – as it happened

The Oath & Pledge

During our citizenship ceremony we will be required to swear our allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the United Kingdom.

I, Andre / Elaine du Preez, swear by almighty God that on becoming a British citizen, I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, her Heirs and Successors, according to the law.

I will give my loyalty to the United Kingdom and respect its rights and freedoms. I will uphold its democratic values. I will observe its laws faithfully and fulfil my duties and obligations as a British citizen.

The British National Anthem

The ceremony will close with the playing of the British national anthem, God save the Queen.

God save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
God Save the Queen
Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
God save the Queen

Dual Nationals

After being sworn in as British citizens we will officially be dual nationals.

This means we will be citizens of both South Africa and the United Kingdom, carry two passports and enjoy the full rights and privileges that each country offer their citizens.

Proudly South African. Proud to be British.