Michael I, Prince of Sealand

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His Royal Highness, Prince Michael I (birth name Michael Bates) is the current Head of State of Sealand.

His Royal Highness
Prince Michael
Prince of Sealand

Prince of Sealand
Reign 9 October 2012 - Present
Preceded by Prince Patrick I
Princess Princess Mei Shi
Born 2 August 1952

Early life

Michael Bates was born to Prince Patrick and Princess Joan Bates on 2 August 1952. On 24 December 1966, at the age of 14, Michael joined his father Roy in occupying HM Fort Roughs. On 2 September 1967, Prince Patrick (Roy) moved his entire family to Sealand.

Battle to retake Sealand

In August 1978, Alexander Achenbach, who describes himself as the Prime Minister of Sealand hired German and Dutch mercenaries to take over Sealand after some disputes with Prince Patrick (Patrick and his wife were currently in England at the time), and they took Michael hostage. Michael was eventually able to retake Sealand and capture Achenbach and the mercenaries using weapons stashed on the platform.


After his father's death in 2012, Michael took over as Prince of Sealand and is still currently reigning.