Activities & Interests

The Prince devotes a high proportion of his time to the support of a large number of non-profit-making charities, institutes, trade associations, societies and health organisations, despite the commitments of his business. These range from The Kennel Club to the Children’s Burns Trust, the Maritime Volunteer Service and to the Assocation of Dunkirk Little Ships.

1901 Mors Reg.No. 1 RAC The Royal Automobile Club Prince Michael of Kent & Dr. Stephen Hammerton No.128
1901 Mors Reg.No. 1 RAC The Royal Automobile Club Prince Michael of Kent & Dr. Stephen Hammerton No.128
Dunkirk Little Ships
Dunkirk little ships at the Thames Traditional Boat Festival, Fawley Meadows, Henley On Thames, England
As well as being Commonwealth President of the Royal Life Saving Society, Prince Michael is President of the Royal Automobile Club, and Patron of the National Eye Research Centre among many other organisations. His Fellowships include those of the Institute of the Motor Industry, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institute of Linguists. He is also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Middlesex.
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Prince Michael visits the Speransky Hospital, Moscow, as Patron of the Children’s Fire & Burn Trust- June 2003. Photograph © David Chancellor
Prince Michael visits the Speransky Hospital, Moscow, as Patron of the Children’s Fire & Burn Trust- June 2003. Photograph © David Chancellor
A keen sportsman, Prince Michael represented the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in rowing, and was part of the team that won the Maiden Fours at Bedford in 1961. He is now Patron of the Thames Rowing Club. Prince Michael represented Great Britain as a bobsleigh driver for many years and was a reserve for the 1972 Olympics. As a vintage car enthusiast, he was part of the team in 1992 that broke the 1,000-mile record for cars over 5,000cc in a 1929 Bentley Special. A competitive rally driver, he is also a qualified pilot of both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Some of his Presidencies, such as those of the Motor Sports Association, the Brooklands Museum Trust and the Light Aircraft Association reflect these personal leisure-time interests of the Prince.