Citizenship ceremonies within the Royal Borough
Any person who has applied for and been granted British
citizenship will be required to attend a citizenship ceremony. At
this ceremony the citizen will be required to make a 'Pledge of
Allegiance to the Queen' and a 'Pledge of Commitment to the United
Kingdom'. At the completion of the ceremony they will be presented
with their ‘Certificate of Naturalisation’ and they will then be
free to apply for their British passport.
If you are applying for British citizenship and would like to
have your ceremony in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
then simply write the name of the Royal Borough of
Kensington and Chelsea in the appropriate place on your
citizenship application form. Then, when your application is
approved, your Certificate of Naturalisation will be sent to this
office and you may proceed with booking your ceremony.
If you would like to have your ceremony in any other borough
then you will need to designate that borough as your venue of
choice when you fill in your application form.
If your Certificate of Naturalisation has been sent to another
borough but you would like to attend a citizenship ceremony in the
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, then you should contact
the Home Office on 0845 010 5200 to arrange for your Certificate of
Naturalisation to be transferred to this office.
Types of ceremony
There are two types of ceremony that you may choose from:
The Group Ceremony
Group ceremonies are held in the Council Chamber at the
Kensington Town Hall, W8 and they take place once a fortnight.
There is no charge for a group ceremony.
The Private Ceremony
Private ceremonies are held at the Register Office at the
Chelsea Old Town Hall, SW3 and these can usually be arranged at
very short notice – usually within a couple of days. There is an
additional fee of £180.00 per person for a
If you wish to book a place at one of our citizenship ceremonies
you should contact the Citizen Coordinator at the Register Office,
by telephone on 020 7361 4100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applying for British citizenship
If you have not yet applied for British citizenship but wish to
do so then the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea offers a
Nationality Checking Service to help
ensure your citizenship application is properly completed and
submitted with all the relevant supporting documents. This service
enables applicants to have their forms checked by an adviser before
submitting to the Home Office for approval.