Added: Adrielle Hodo - Date: 17.02.2022 09:44 - Views: 12885 - Clicks: 4231
Paddy Roy Bates, who occupied an abandoned fort in the North Sea and declared it the sovereign Principality of Sealand with himself as its prince, has died aged 91, his son said on Wednesday. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's. In the s, inspired by the "pirate radio" movement, Bates set up Radio Essex on an offshore fort.
When that was closed down, he moved in to Fort Roughs, a disused second world war platform in international waters about seven miles off the coast. Michael Bates said his father initially intended to set up another radio station, but then "had the bizarre idea of declaring independence". Rejecting a British order to leave, he proclaimed the fort the Principality of Sealand, declaring himself Prince Roy and his wife, Joan, as princess.
The square-metre 5,square-foot fort two concrete towers connected by an iron platform claimed to be the world's smallest sovereign state, though it was not internationally recognized. Since an initial attempt to reclaim the fort was rejected by an English court, Britain has largely ignored the breakaway platform. Despite the lack of legal status, Bates gave Sealand its own constitution, red, white and black flag, passports, stamps, coins, national anthem and a motto, E Mare Libertas: "From the sea, freedom".
Today, Sealand makes money by selling aristocratic titles and hosting Internet servers. According to Sealand's official websiteBates fought in the Spanish civil war and worked at Smithfield meat market in central London before ing the British army during the second world war, serving in North Africa, the Middle East and Italy.
After the war, he imported meat from Ireland to northern England, where rationing was still in effect, imported rubber from Malaysia and ran fishing boats off Britain's east coast before founding Sealand.
In his old age, Bates moved to the mainland, making his son, Michael, regent and head of state of Sealand. UK news.
This article is more than 8 years old. Paddy Roy Bates proclaimed offshore fort where he lived a principality after moving there in s. He has died aged 91 at a care home in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Associated Press. Michael Bates remembered his father as a "huge, huge character". Topics UK news news. Reuse this content.Love in sealand
email: [email protected] - phone:(460) 821-5186 x 3077
Sealand is the world's 'smallest independent state.' For a small fee, Prince Liam will make you a royal