by Kenny Ong in Cool Travel on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Last winter, when Jeremiah Heaton’s daughter Emily asked him if she could be a real princess, the doting father from Abingdon, Virginia gave her his word. Heaton, who has three children, then did some research and trekked across the Egyptian desert to a small, mountainous region between Egypt and Sudan called Bir Tawil.The area, about 800 square miles, is claimed by neither Sudan nor Egypt, the result of land disputes dating back more than 100 years.

Heaton believes his physical journey to the site, where he planted a flag designed by his children, means he can rightfully claim it and thereby proclaim himself king and his daughter a princess. However, before Princess Emily breaks her piggy bank to have her princess crown made, some humorless experts have cautioned that it’s not plausible for someone to plant a flag and say they have political control over the land without legal recognition from neighboring countries or the United Nations.

At press time, representatives from the Egyptian and Sudanese embassies in Washington have not yet responded to Jeremiah’s personal claim. Keep those fingers crossed, Emily.

Via Tric Cities