Queen Elizabeth’s death delays Canadian citizenship ceremony, officials confused over pledge of allegiance

Queen Elizabeth II has been officially recognized as the monarch of Canada, a role that will now be assumed by her successor, King Charles III. – Reuters file photo

By Priya Kulasagaran

Friday 09 Sep 2022 12:03 MYT

PETALING JAYA, September 9 — A Canadian citizenship ceremony has been temporarily delayed due to an unexpected setback — the death of the British monarch.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, September 8, those responsible for the virtual ceremony held the same day were unsure to whom the aspiring citizens should swear allegiance.

The incident was live-tweeted by journalist Roberto Rocha, who was at the event via Zoom along with 141 other attendees.

“He was supposed to take an oath of allegiance to the queen,” Rocha said, referring to a friend asking to be a Canadian citizen.

“I guess they’re trying to figure out what to do now.”

Canada is a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II being its first sovereign to be separately proclaimed as Queen of Canada.

Although the role is essentially ceremonial, CTV News reported that the Queen’s death means the Canadian government will now have to change the wording of oaths, titles and even currency.

Although Elizabeth’s son Prince Charles was to be the next monarch, it was not clear at first what his official title would be.

According to BBC, he could have taken any of his four names; Charles Philippe Arthur George.

The citizenship ceremony finally began once the presidents announced the updated pledge.

In his tweets, Rocha said the new citizens had pledged allegiance to “His Majesty King Charles III, King of Canada.”

“And they ended up with ‘The Queen is dead, long live the King!’ It’s wild,” added Rocha.

Britain’s oldest monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, has died at her home in Scotland aged 96.