Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

Arise Sir Richard: Sealand swimmer knighted

PUBLISHED: 16:54 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:54 30 August 2018

Richard arrives on the beach at Felixstowe after swimming from Sealand Picture: FACEBOOK RICHARD ROYAL

Richard arrives on the beach at Felixstowe after swimming from Sealand Picture: FACEBOOK RICHARD ROYAL

Archant

The man who made the inaugural swim from Sealand to Felixstowe has received a knighthood from the micronation’s prince.

Sir Richard Mark Royal of Sealand received his official documents, signed off by Prince Michael Picture: RICHARD ROYALSir Richard Mark Royal of Sealand received his official documents, signed off by Prince Michael Picture: RICHARD ROYAL

Richard Royal, 32, from Hull, swam from the off-shore platform back to the coast on August, 20, completing the gruelling 7.5-mile swim in just under three-and-a-half hours.

• Want to read more about Richard’s journey? See here.

Now, Mr Royal has been dubbed Sir Richard Mark Royal after he received official documents from the prince of Sealand making him a member of the Knights of the Sovereign Military Order of Sealand.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been awarded a knighthood by Prince Michael of Sealand, it’s priceless to me after all the planning and work that went into the swim.

Richard atop the micronation of Sealand Picture: RICHARD ROYALRichard atop the micronation of Sealand Picture: RICHARD ROYAL

“It’s important to me to be respectful and courteous of Sealand and it’s owners, so to have their blessing for the swim in the first instance, and be gifted such an award subsequently is a huge honour.”

Whilst Sir Michael of Sealand would not comment he was reportedly pleased with Richard and the respect his showed the micronation in seeking official permission.

Sir Richard spent two years planning his sea-based venture and, despite many other punters seeking permission, he was the only one given official consent from the micronation to attempt the feat.

He was almost pipped to the post by Nick Glendinning, 52, from Woodbridge, who completed a swim from the micronation, in the heart of the North Sea, to Bawdsey just two days before Richard’s journey to Felixstowe.

The micronation of Sealand off the coast of Felixstowe Picture: RYAN LACKEYThe micronation of Sealand off the coast of Felixstowe Picture: RYAN LACKEY

However, because Nick had not sought permission from Sealand to attempt the swim he will not be receiving a knighthood anytime soon.

Next week Sir Richard will take on a completely different challenge as he competes at the European Masters Swimming Championships, in Slovenia.

Sir Richard said: “Whilst I’m representing Great Britain, I’ll be taking my Sealand flag along and will make sure it is waved alongside the other nations.”

The new knight of Sealand has several ideas about what he wants to do after the championships but he wants will be keeping his cards close to his chest.

He said: “I’m the sort of person who is constantly pushing myself and testing my boundaries, so I’ve no doubt I’ll have future challenges.”

A petition calling for action over traffic chaos every time Dartford Crossing is closed has been launched.

The trial of six people charged with murder in connection with the death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens in Ipswich is due to take place in November.

A Suffolk planning chief has sought to counter concerns there is a “desperate” rush to build new homes in small villages.

A teenager caught with class A drugs has been sentenced to a 24-month detention order after being arrested in Ipswich town centre.

A crash on the A12 involving a lorry and a car that caused miles of traffic on the outskirts of Colchester and Stratford St Mary is now cleared.

The trial of two men and a woman accused of murdering a 56-year-old Colchester man is due to take place in October.

A former soldier whose “hobby” of growing cannabis got out of hand and resulted in him having enough cannabis to last a heavy user of the drug three years has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24