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A man took out an ad claiming to be England's rightful king. He's from Colorado.


Over the centuries of English monarchs, there's never been a King Allan.

Allan Evans wants to change that. He says he has a legitimate claim to the throne and took out an ad in The Times of London to prove it. 

To clarify, Evans is from Colorado. That didn't stop him from taking out an ad in which he claimed he was a "direct descendant" of the founder of the Kingdom of Wales, which gives him a claim to the throne.

Here's the ad. Yes, it's a lot of text. 

Let's break this down a bit

First of all, there's no reference of the Kingdom of Wales ever being known as the Kingdom of Gondor, which Evans claims in the first paragraph. Gondor is the name of a fictional kingdom in "The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien, which Evans' ad references in italics at the bottom ("for the Legend was not a myth but was indeed true, and more than a mere Tolkien story"). 

Also, the "last known King of Wales" was not John Evans Sr., but Gruffudd ap Llywelyn, according to History Today.

...Lady Britania, who has contributed so much to the culture and history of the world, shall be renewed and made great once again...
Allan Evans' ad

Evans also claims he will seize power within 30 days. He will not, however, depose Queen Elizabeth II "out of greatest and most deepest respect ... for the great service and selfless sacrifice." Also, his promise to make Britain great again sounds oddly familiar.

Back in 2012, 13WMAZ reported an Allan Evans from Colorado attempted to claim 400 acres in Twiggs County, England, calling it his ancestral homeland. It's not clear if the two are the same people.

Regardless, he already has a parody Twitter account.


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