Tuesday 2 September 2008

the queen and i

The pros of becoming British: getting a passport, voting rights, and peace of mind as I look forward to a long future here with S.

The cons: all the patriotic stuff...

photo by s

Affirmation of allegiance

I, (swallow hard as I say my name and wonder if anyone would notice if I crossed my fingers behind my back), do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm 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 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. Ahem, cough.

And then remain standing for God Save the Queen. And wipe that smirk off your face.

S and I kept shooting each other funny looks during the ceremony. I think he was grateful that he has never had to 'affirm his allegiance' to the Queen. I was relieved that I didn't have to promise to be loyal to Gordon Brown!



NYCityChic said...

Holy Moly!!! What an ordeal! Congratulations, just the same, and I hope you can get the accent down pat. Cheers, dahling! xoxo, DeAnne P.S. Can you still vote in the upcoming election? Did you keep your US citizenship?

brandarling said...

OF COURSE i'm voting in the usa election! that's the best part of being a dual national. the worst part is that i'm still liable for taxes back home, too :(