I'm also a cheapskate, I stole these photos from the photographers website. I'm not paying £14.40 for one 8x6 photo which will just end up in a drawer, never to be looked at again. Sorry.
On Friday morning we drove to Hillsborough Castle. We were pretty early, so we went across the road to a little café/pub and Lee had an espresso and I had a fifteen. We went back and were let in to the castle where we were met and welcomed and got registered. There were only six of us there for the ceremony. We were shown in to a waiting room and Lee and the other guests were shown in to the Throne Room where the ceremony would take place.
We were taken in to the Throne Room, a lady was playing the piano-lovely classical pieces. We were introduced to Mr Robert Scott, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for County Tyrone. He welcomed us, spoke about what it meant to be naturalized and then we all stood and did our affirmation and pledge. After Mr Scott welcomed us again, we all stood for the national anthem. Then there was tea/coffee and scones and cake in the room we waited in before the ceremony and Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant came round and chatted with us.
We had to go back to work after that but I was still grinning like an idiot.
All that needs to be done now is fill in my passport application form. No more visas for me :-)