Michael I, Prince of Sealand
His Royal Highness, Prince Michael I (birth name Michael Bates) is the current Head of State of Sealand.
|His Royal Highness|
|Prince of Sealand
|Reign||9 October 2012 - Present|
|Preceded by||Prince Patrick I|
|Princess||Princess Mei Shi|
|Born||2 August 1952|
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.