An American has informed Britons that he is their true king. A man calling himself Allan V. Evans from Colorado made the outsized claim in a large ad in the Times of London on Wednesday in which he purports to be "a direct descendant of an unbroken primogeniture line legally documented since the 3rd century in Great Britain and registered in the Royal College of Arms." To back up his boast that he should rightfully be hosting the springtime garden parties at Buckingham Palace, Evans says his ancient family tree includes Cunedda Wledig, founder of the Kingdom of Wales, Business Insider UK reports. Evans' distinguished lineage is "pretty cool," Foreign Policy notes with a wink, considering the reign of current ruling family, the Windsors, stretches back only to the turn of the 20th century.
But Queen Elizabeth II need not hand over the keys. Evans says he's not making a move until 30 days after the beloved monarch passes on, at which time he will expect to claim all titles and assets to the "royal historic estate." But he warned the next generations of Windsors cooling their heels that he is serving them "legal notice." In a rousing finale referencing democracy and the Lord of the Rings, Evans assures Britons that "Lady Britania … shall be renewed and made great once again." The Independent reports that a man with the same name and from the same Denver suburb tried in 2012 to claim 400 acres in Twiggs County, Ga., that he said belonged to his ancestors. He said his proof was destroyed in a 1901 fire. (Read about the biggest self-help charlatan you've never heard of.)