Help! Since my wife became British, she’s been driving me mad

In order to acquire a British passport, Adrian Mourby’s wife was required to study hard. But he fears she may have absorbed a little too much Britishness in the process

Heathrow passport control did it in the end. As frequent travellers, we’ve often landed at 5am to see the non-EU queue snaking back to the runway. People from countries I didn’t even know existed stand there, miserably inching slowly towards the UK border and my wife, Kate, an American, was obliged to join them. Meanwhile, of course, I could sail through with my British passport.

So eventually she applied for British citizenship – or “subjecthood” as Kate called it, because if you pass the examination to become British you have to swear allegiance to the Queen and little Prince George, not the country.

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Alex Vidal