Roy and Joan Bates declared themselves Prince and Princess of Sealand in 1967. A man who established his own independent state on a former military platform in the sea off East Anglia has died at the age of 91.
Mr. bates died at a nursing home in Leigh-on-sea Essex, on Tuesday. He set up the Principality of Sealand in international waters seven miles off
Roy Bates who was a World War || veteran was involved in setting up a pirate radio station Radio Essex at a different offshore platform before moving to Roughs Tower, which later became known as Sealand and declared it as an independent state in 1967.
Michael Bates, who lives in Southend, Essex, said: “He was an extreamly intelligent and active man and he developed Alzheimer’s which he would have absolutely hated, as it became imminent he barely recognized his family over the last few years.
Sealand is about seven miles off the coast of Felixstowe and Harwich.
“Michael said my father will always be remembered for shaking up the establishment with pirate radio, declaring Sealand’s independence and confronting the Royl Navy and other foreign governments. During the Bates’ time on the platform, they saw off an attempt by the Royal navy to evict them, and an attempt by a group of German & Dutch businessmen to seize control of the platform by force in 1978.
Michael bates said they were taken to Holland and he returned with his father to successfully recapture Sealand and the five men who were on it, He said we were armed which is one of the most memorable days I spent with him.
Britain extended ts territorial waters in 1987 to include Sealand and any pirate ships that threatened to broadcast off the UK.
As well as his son, Roy bates leaves his widow “Princess Joan”. His daughter Penny and four grandchildren.
Sealand is now run by Michael bates, is used as a base for internet servers and other business ventures.