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Descendant of Henry VIII's last wife conducts citizenship ceremony at Hampton Court Palace
Ugandans, Colombians and Antipodeans were among the nationalities celebrating UK citizenship last week.
A group of 35 people from 20 different countries had a royal welcome to the country at Hampton Court Palace on Friday, October 25.
The ceremony was conducted in the palace’s Cartoon Gallery by Alison Parr, superintendent registrar for Richmond register office, and descendant of Henry VIII’s last queen, Catherine Parr.
Each person swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen and made a public pledge of loyalty to their adopted country before they were presented with certificates by the mayor of Richmond, Councillor Meena Bond.
She said: “I was honoured to be able to welcome our country’s newest citizens, particularly in such an auspicious venue.
“All of the attendees were proud to become UK Citizens and I am proud that we were able to content the ceremony in a truly British way, celebrating our past, present and future.”
Director of Hampton Court Palace Paul Gray said: “We are delighted that we can host citizenship ceremonies at our palaces and play a role in such an important day in the life of all new citizens.
“Hampton Court Palace is now part of their story and they are part of the story of the palace.”
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