Department: Department of Disaster Management
Twenty Virgin Islands residents are the newest registered British Citizens after they received certificates and recited the Affirmation of Allegiance and Pledge of Loyalty during a ceremony at Government House Thursday morning.
His Excellency the Governor John J. Rankin welcomed the group to the family of British citizenship, calling the occasion a ‘happy and meaningful one’.
“This is a matter to which ministers in Her Majesty’s Government in Britain attach great importance,” the Governor said, adding, “British law requires that those who acquire nationality in this way must not only demonstrate a commitment to the United Kingdom, but also knowledge of its history, its institutions and its language.”
Governor Rankin also encouraged the new citizens to take advantage of opportunities for travel and study that may come with their new status, and to remember their duty as British Citizens.
“Your responsibilities as British citizens are to uphold our shared values of respect for democratic freedoms, respect for the rule of law, and respect for each other, irrespective of race, gender or religious belief. Never forget that you are now personal ambassadors for both the British Virgin Islands and for the United Kingdom,” he said
Registrar General Stephanie Benn administered the Affirmation of Allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen and the Pledge of Loyalty to the UK, to complete the transition to British Citizenship.
Mrs. Benn also congratulated the new British citizens, and encouraged them to continue to be of good character and contribute to the Territory.
The following persons were formally registered as British Citizens:
Akilah Nayo Corbin
Dacia Mariesha Daniels-Louie
Atisher Alisher Davis
Flavia Patricia Edwards-Dougan
Ackla Aiana Eristee
Garnet Alphonso Ferron
Brian Devon Jr Gaston
Julique Elmika Huggins
Lianie Britney Betesha Huggins
Jonathan Augustin Jn Baptiste
Nadia Letitia Leanna Merry
Ann Marie Metor
Rosa Emilia Paul De Nisbett
Denisha Simone Ledgister- Penn
Darwin Reynold Ryan
Lettie Anita Ryan
Tianna Cara Salmon
Jeni-Lee Evelyn Joseph- Watson
Charlene Natasha Williams
Photo: Twenty were registered as British citizens Thursday morning at Government House.