Assistant Information Officer
Deputy Governor's Office
Government of the Virgin Islands
34 individuals are now registered as British Citizens after being previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories Citizens.
During a ceremony held at Government House on Friday, September 8, the individuals recited the Oath of Allegiance to His Majesty the King, as well as the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom.
The new citizens also received congratulatory remarks from His Excellency the Governor, John J. Rankin, CMG, and Registrar General, Mrs. Tashi O’Flaherty-Maduro.
Governor Rankin said, “You have shown your commitment to the United Kingdom, your knowledge of its history, its institutions, and its language. There are already strong links between the United Kingdom, and the British Virgin Islands, you are now part of those links.”
Registrar General, Mrs. Tashi O’Flaherty-Maduro congratulated the new citizens for enduring what can be a lengthy process, and informed them that as British citizens, they now have the right to hold a British passport, as well as abode in the United Kingdom. She also reminded them that they will be expected to favourably represent the United Kingdom in their conduct, speech and actions.
According to the British Nationality Act, individuals who are naturalised as British Overseas Territory Citizens after May 21, 2002, can apply to the United Kingdom Government to be registered as British Citizens.
The 34 new British citizens are:
Eartha Lorraine Barker
Symarj Anthony Bobb
Raymond Alroy Caton
Akada Kennisha Charles
Kimberlee Casandra Bailey-Francis
Alaire Chrys-Daveen Khan Frazer
Rachael Rebecca Rodriguez Frazer
Leisha Ann Joyce Frett
Mignolia Lopez De George
Shibon Avalyn Guy
T’sa Lovia James Hodge
Tashel Latisha Martin-Jackson
Emerline Victoria Jennings
Abigail Aghogho Joseph
Gary Bernard Joshua
Nerissa Nina Lindie
Erlina Andretha Matthews
Nadia Maria Preciosa Menezes
Darren Darian Muhammad
Seema Kamalpatie Naraine
Margaret Olivia Paul
Veronica Viola Prince
Latreesha Marceda Rogers
Cherry-Ann Linda Cynthia George-Smith
Raphael Eric Stoll
Daniela Renee De Leon Vanterpool
Levon Themba Ayodaily Williams