After living in the UK since 1993, I decided it was high time for me to be able to vote and choose the shortest queue (British word) at the airport. In February, I began the process of applying for my UK citizenship. I bought the study guide and took the test - sample question: "Put the following days in order: St. David's Day, St. George's Day, St. Patrick's Day, St. Andrew's Day" - then waited six months for my application to be approved. On September 19, 2006, I become an official British Citizen! (Yes, I get to keep my American citizenship).
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At the city hall, holding the oath I would later have to swear.
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With Mr. and Mrs. Mayor
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The whole group of new British citizens
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I had to swear allegiance to the Queen. Nick and I stand before a portrait of Elizabeth II (or is that Helen Mirren?).
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The mayor let me wear his solid gold chain and sit at his desk
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Using the mayor's ink blotter
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Hear I am, wearing a bicorn hat (no "bi" jokes, please), and standing next to another fellow citizen, who is decked out in full ceremonial regalia.
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The mayor's office was full of gifts such as this carved sea shell.
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Back home, we celebrated with a champagne supper in the garden.
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Fish and chips (and champagne).