34 persons from the territory are now British Citizens after registering for the status.
The individuals were previously naturalised as British Overseas Territories Citizens and according to the British Nationality Act, such persons after May 21, 2002, can apply to the United Kingdom Government to be registered as British Citizens.
A ceremony was held at Government House recently to officially recognise the individuals as British Citizens after reciting the Oath of Allegiance to His Majesty the King, as well as the Pledge of Loyalty to the United Kingdom.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor His Excellency John Rankin congratulated the individuals.
He 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 also congratulated the new citizens and reminded them of their new responsibilities, which include representing the United Kingdom favourably in their conduct, speech and actions.
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