Michael I, Prince of Sealand
|His Royal Highness|
|Prince of Sealand|
|2nd Prince of Sealand|
|Reign||9 October 2012 - Present|
|Preceded by||Prince Roy I|
|Princess||Princess Mei Shi|
Prince Michael I (born as Michael Roy Bates; 2 August 1952) is a businessman and self-published author who is currently the Head of state of Sealand.
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" and his family moved to Sealand.
Battle to retake Sealand
In August 1978, Alexander Achenbach, who described himself as the Prime Minister of Sealand hired German and Dutch mercenaries to take over Sealand after some disputes with Prince Patrick, who was with his wife 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 the Prince of Sealand, and is currently the reigning monarch as of 2023.
Under his reign, a new website for Sealand was created and the principality became more active from 2022.