World’s smallest country with its own royal family and currency – and it’s in the UK

It holds the Guiness World Record for the “smallest area to lay claim to nation status.”

The Principality of Sealand is a tiny country located in the North Sea around 12 miles off the coast of England. It was created in 1967 by Paddy Roy Bates, who declared it an independent nation after he and his family occupied a disused Navy fort near the HM Fort Roughs.

The revolutionary styled himself as Prince Roy and his wife Joan as Princess establishing a hereditary monarchy. He even introduced a constitution for Sealand, followed by a national flag, a national anthem, a currency, passports, and an immigration stamp.

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The story began after Paddy Bates was a soldier during World War II and eventually rose to the rank of major.

Its story fascinates the world(Image: Keith Waldegrave/Mail On Sunday/REX/Shutterstock)

He served in many vital campaigns and after the war, settled into a veteran’s life – and a world of pirate radio.

He’d remembered the dozens of decrepit seaforts that were intended to defend Britain against the Nazis but were soon forgotten when the Allies won. One day, he decided to sail out to the many that sit off the coast of East England, near Suffolk and set up a few pirate radio stations.

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