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New Canadians Will Be First To Swear Allegiance To King Charles

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth on Thursday, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, new Canadians are now swearing allegiance to King Charles.

On Sept 10, Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, released a statement on the declaration of the accession of Canada’s new sovereign: His Majesty King Charles III.

“While we continue to mourn the loss of Canada’s longest-reigning sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we also look to the future with the proclamation of the accession of His Majesty King Charles III as Sovereign of Canada, said Trudeau.”

“Throughout his early naval career and later involvement with more than 400 organizations around the world, His Majesty King Charles III has demonstrated his dedication to service. We have no doubt that his deeply felt commitment to education, the environment, and the empowerment of young people will provide a strong foundation from which he will continue to work toward the betterment of the Commonwealth and its people,” he added.

Jeffery Sachs was one of the first Canadians to recognize the new King during the Oath of Citizenship, and CBC News reported his experience. 

About an hour before Sachs and a few other people were scheduled to take their oaths at a ceremony celebrating their virtual citizenship, news of the Queen’s death broke. Sachs said the event passed without a hitch, despite his expectations that there would be a rush to amend the oath’s wording.

Since 1947, the law has mandated that all new citizens swear an oath to the monarch and their heirs. Therefore, new Canadians have sworn oaths to Queen Elizabeth for the past 70 years. 

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada says that the oath is modified after a monarch passes away to reflect that Canada now has a new sovereign. 

In the statement, Trudeau further reads, “Canada has enjoyed a long history and a close friendship with His Majesty King Charles III, who has visited our country many times over the years, most recently this spring to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, we affirm our loyalty to Canada’s new King, His Majesty King Charles III, and offer him our full support,” says Trudeau.

In light of the new sovereign, the IRCC informed CIC News that the citizenship oath will be changed “in due course” even though the Canadian government website still refers to Queen Elizabeth.

How does the citizenship ceremony work? 

As per the Canadian government website, permanent residents must take the oath and attend a citizenship ceremony if they are 14 years or older. 

Those under the age of 14 are welcome but not required to attend. If these children do not attend, their parents will get citizenship certificates at the ceremony on their behalf.

The Oath of Citizenship will be administered in English and French by a judge or citizenship officer during the ceremony. Wherein participants are expected to repeat after the officer in at least one of the official languages. Then the participants sing the bilingual national anthem. 

The oath may be “sworn” or “affirmed.” However, according to the Canadian government, the phrase “I swear” is used by people to express their religious convictions. Participants who wish to take the oath may carry a sacred book. For those who don’t want to refer to a religious source, you can say, “I affirm.”

After taking the citizenship oath, the participant will officially receive the citizenship certificate and become a Canadian citizen. 

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