Other Princess Joan of Sealand, who has died aged 86, was plain Joan Bates, a former Essex carnival queen, until when her husband Roy declared himself head of state of an abandoned wartime gun platform off the Suffolk coast. He then bought HM Fort Roughs, a windswept hulk some seven miles off Felixstowe, with twin towers of steel-reinforced concrete spanned by a 5, sq ft rusting iron platform.
Inhowever, when a law took effect making it illegal for pirate radio operators to employ British citizens, Bates, who had fought in the International Brigade in Spain and once faced a fascist Cuddling Shepshed sucking squad in Greece, knew how to respond. Styling themselves Prince Roy and Princess Joan, they took up residence with their children — and Fruitcake the family cat. But the judge concluded that Sealand was in international waters and therefore beyond British jurisdiction.
Inwhen the Royal Maritime auxiliary vessel Golden Eye passed close by, three warning shots were fired across her bow before she turned for the shore. Bates was summonsed under the Firearms Act and appeared in the dock at Essex Assizes. Again the judge decided that the courts had no jurisdiction.
I had to earn it. To make the place feel more homely she installed frilly bed covers and adorned the bulkhe with framed hunting scenes.
She was brought up in Essex. A striking blonde, she worked as a fashion model as a teenager and was a local carnival queen when she met Roy Bates at a dance aged There was no question in my mind that we would always be together Need sumone to keep me company Springfield the first minute.
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Within three months they were married. Joan supported her husband as he tried his hand at various schemes.
He built up an inshore fishing fleet on the Essex coast. Once he even sold British seaweed to New York florists. The only time Joan put her foot down was when, in the middle of the Mau Mau uprising, he suggested they move to Kenya and buy a Free sex hermann.
Sealand in Credit: Rex Features When he informed Joan that they were proprietors of their own island, therefore, she was unfazed. But within days Prince Roy and Crown Prince Michael had recaptured Looking for a houswife to Sealand down island, sliding down ft ropes from a helicopter, fighting the invaders and capturing one of the raiders. They kept him as a prisoner, forcing him to make coffee and clean the lavatories for nearly two months until a diplomat from the West German embassy in London Pool party friends to secure his release.
Inunder the terms of a new UN treaty, Britain extended its territorial waters from three to 12 nautical miles, swallowing up Bates and his principality in the process. When not living on Sealand, walton girls nude family commuted to a flat in Southend in a fishing boat and later a rigid inflatable that could be lifted on to the platform.
He died in Joan Bates is survived by her son and daughter.