Zeb and Eider Duck and their humans went to the Principality of Hutt River today. This is an independent sovereign state surrounded by the country of Australia, on the continent of Australia.
As we drove through the Principality, we soon see the city of Nain, the main town in the Principality of Hutt River.
We crossed the Hutt River.
This is a very pretty river. We pass through the gates welcoming us to the Principality of Hutt River.
Our first stop is the building with the government offices and the post office.
This is where the humans each purchase a visa and get their passport stamped.
HRH Prince Leonard, the head of the Principality of Hutt River welcomes us, explains a little about his country, and then takes us on a personal tour of the history building. This is the flag of the Principality.
The plaque states that the Principality of Hutt River successfully ceded from Australia on the Twenty First Day of April 1970. Hutt River has been an independent and sovereign state since that day. They celebrated 45 years of independence this year. Here is a photo of Prince Leonard with some human tourists.
We later visited the inter denominational chapel.
The interior of the chapel is very nice.
Prince Leonard commissioned several paintings for the chapel. This, by Frank Pash, is The River Jordan in Jericho, where Jesus was baptized.
This welcome booth contains several documents, including the story of the independence and creation of this Principality.
There are also letters from the government of Australia saying that they are nonresidents of Australia.
Therefore there is no taxable income for Australia and no tax is due to Australia. This is a scientific memorial.
It is dedicated to the late Princess Shirley and has an oriental theme.
Our last stop is back to the post office to purchase and mail a few postcards. The post cards were addressed and then placed in an envelope from the Principality of Hutt River.
The back of the envelope has the Hutt River postmark and a stamp issued by the Principality of Hutt River.
We liked the Principality of Hutt River and Prince Leonard was extremely informative, friendly and very nice. For more information about the Principality, visit http://www.principality-hutt-river.com This website will tell you more about the formation of the sovereign state and upcoming events. If you are in Western Australia, near Kalbarri and the beautiful Kalbarri National Park, you would enjoy a few hours at the Principality of Hutt River. The country is also a working wheat farm, so the land is beautiful. Leaving Hutt River, these Hutt River kangaroos crossed the road in front of us.
We like to watch kangaroos hopping We hope you get a chance to visit Prince Leonard in the Principality of Hutt River.