Richard George William Pitt Booth

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Richard Booth
King of Hay-on-Wye
In office
1 April 1977 - 20 August 2019
Personal information
Born 12 September 1938
Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Died 20 August 2019 (aged 80)
Cusop, Herefordshire, United Kingdom
Citizenship British
Political party Socialist Labour Party (UK)

Richard George William Pitt Booth MBE (12 September 1938 - 20 August 2019) was a British bookseller and eccentric who proclaimed himself ruler of the Independent Kingdom of Hay-on-Wye on 1 April 1977 (he named his horse Prime Minister), a micronation. This proclamation earned him and the town world-wide publicity, and fueled the used-book business that had already taken hold in the town. Unlike some claimants to "micronationdom", Richard Booth does not pretend to take his claims seriously.