CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES ARE CONDUCTED BY THE NORTHERN IRELAND LORD LIEUTENANTS IN TURN AT REGULAR INTERVALS
The Lord Lieutenant of County Down regularly presents Certificates of Citizenship to people who are living in Northern Ireland but were originally a National of a different country. These new citizens have usually been living here for at least 6 years and come from all over the world including a few from European countries. They go through quite a long process in order to become British Citizens and these ceremonies are the final step in becoming a British Citizen. Many of the new citizens & their families bring their phones and/or cameras with them and some of the new citizens choose to have their photograph taken together with the Lord Lieutenant and usually other members of their family. The ceremonies used to take place at Hillsborough Castle, although between October 2017 & November 2020 they have been taking place @ the Lagan Valley Centre by kind permission of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council. They are conducted by all the Lord Lieutenants in Northern Ireland in turn, so the Lord Lieutenant of County Down will be present about once every 2 months.
Currently due to the Covid-19 restrictions the New Citizenship ceremonies are being held on-line using "Zoom". Obviously this is not ideal but it does work quite well and enables our new citizens to complete the process. The Lord Lieutenant operates from his office at home & each of the new citizens tune in from their respective homes or offices. Hopefully things will return to normal by midsummer in 2021.