People from countries including Sri Lanka, America, India, Australia, Brazil, Myanmar and Thailand affirmed their oath of allegiance to the Queen during a citizenship ceremony in Waddesdon yesterday – 10 years after they were first introduced by the Labour government.
The ceremony at Waddesdon Dairy was attended by representatives of Aylesbury Vale District Council and Bucks County Council as well as the Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire Sir Henry Aubrey Fletcher.
Over the past 10 years 10,020 people have attended the ceremonies in Bucks.
The top nationality has been Pakistan with 2,107 people born there attending.
One of the people attending the anniversary ceremony was Beena Augustine.
Mrs Augustine, of Walton Court, moved to the UK from India seven and a half years ago and works as a senior carer at the Royal Bucks Hospital.
She said: “I am very proud to be part of such a special day.
“It is lovely to have all my family here and this ceremony makes you feel a real part of this country.”
Also attending the ceremony was Kimberley Brown, 39, from Vale Road.
Mrs Brown, who moved from New York 17 years ago said: “I really enjoy living in the UK and this is a very nice way to officially mark becoming a British citizen.”
Sir Henry, who was one of the guests of honour at the ceremony described the occasion as ‘historic’.
“It is a great privilege to be part of this historic occasion. This is a really fitting way for individuals moving to this country to complete their journey to becoming a British citizen.”
The full list of nationalities who have taken part in Bucks citizenship ceremonies is as follows:
1. Pakistan - 2107.
2. India - 1295.
3. South Africa - 1052.
4. Philippines - 623.
5. Zimbabwe - 525.
6. Sri Lanka - 320.
7. United States of America - 282.
8. Australia - 199.
9. Nigeria - 190.
10. British Citizens - 188.
11. Russia - 175.
12. Thailand - 164.
13. China - 163.
14. Bangladesh - 114.
16. New Zealand - 113.
17. Afghanistan - 103.
18. Kenya/Poland - 97.
19. Jamaica - 86.
20. Canada - 85.