Prince Leonard, the man who founded his own country within WA, has died.
The 93-year-old was taken to St John of God Hospital in Geraldton with a severe chest infection over the weekend.
The West reported that he passed away in his sleep on Wednesday morning, surrounded by family and friends.
He had lived with emphysema for 20 years.
Prince Leonard declared his farm as an independent province in 1970 after a dispute over wheat production quotas.
The Principality of Hutt River – near Northampton – had its own currency, stamps and passports and attracted around 40,000 visitors a year.
Prince Leonard stepped down from his rule in 2017, passing it to his son, Prince Graeme.
In 2016, the Australian Tax Office filed a writ against the micro-nation, claiming Prince Leonard owed around $2.64 million in unpaid taxes.
The Principality’s Acting Minister for Electronic Communications Lord Steven Baikie told The West that the border will be closed for three weeks and no visitors will be admitted.
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