My wife's citizenship ceremony was on Tuesday in Warwick. It was a good crack and went down pretty much the same way as others on here have described.
We arrived slightly early and the waiting area was already full with the other people there for the citizenship ceremony. A lady took us through to another area where we met the ladies conducting the ceremony, who might I add were very friendly, welcoming and professional. They really make the new British citizens feel at ease on arrival. They explain what will happen during the ceremony and take you through to the room where the ceremony actually takes place (looked like the Warwick council meeting room to me). The wife had to sit in her designated seat, marked with a piece of paper with her name on, and I waited a couple of seats behind.
The ceremony then starts and only takes about 10 minutes. The woman conducting talks about British citizenship and that this is a special day for the applicants, and it really does feel like that. The group then speak the oath or affirmation, saying a line at a time after the 'conductor', followed by the pledge. One at a time each person is then presented their naturalisation certificate, to a nice round of applause , after which the national anthem plays (no singing is required I might add). Wifey said she got all emotional when the anthem played. And thats about it for the ceremony!
Then everyone retires back into the waiting area for tea/coffee and cake and a professional photographer takes snaps of you with the certificate in front of a 'British' backdrop (union jack etc) for a fee. Also the woman conducting the ceremony gives out information packs on applying for a British Passport.
I would say there were about 25 people there for the ceremony, from countries all over such as India, China, Hong Kong, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Turkey, USA, Australia. There was also another girl from Thailand.
Overall a great experience and I'm glad my wife felt emotional and very proud, and so she should with all the tests and bs she's had to do to acheive this. So happy she has achieved citizenship, now just a British passport to apply for and it's mission accomplished! Will keep everyone updated as to how that goes also, regards waiting times, interview etc.
A massive thanks to everyone on this forum who has assisted with advice and opinions when I have needed it, too many to name individual but I hope you all know who you are. The first visit visa was back in 2008 and we havn't looked back. Cheers dudes, over and out for now