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He is also closely involved with a number of charity, arts and humanitarian organisations in Russia, including The Children’s Burns Trust, (which incorporates The Friends of Russian Children) and the St Gregory’s Foundation of which he is a particularly concerned and committed Patron.
His family background, his knowledgeable interest in Russia and its history and his mastery of the language have all helped to make him a respected figure in that country. In 1998 an Honorary Doctorate was bestowed on him by the old-established Plekhanov Economics Academy. In 2002 was awarded the International Man of the Year Award by the Plekhanov Economics Academy. In 2003, His Royal Highness was awarded the ’Glory of Russia’ by the Plekhanov Economics Academy ans was made an Honorary Professor of the Sinerghia Economics and Finance Institute. In 2012 Prince Michael travelled to St Petersburg to accept an Honorary Doctorate from the St Petersburg University of Humanities and Social Sciences.
He attended the formal re-interment in St Petersburg in 1998 of the bones of the murdered Romanov family.
In July 1999, Prince Michael led a Bentley Rally from Brooklands Museum to Moscow, covering the 1,700 miles in ten days and raising more than £25,000 for the Children’s Fire and Burns Trust.
In 2003, His Royal Highness led a Rally of fifteen vintage Bentleys from Yekaterinburg to St Petersburg, as part of the celebrations for the Tercentenary of St Petersburg, in order to raise funds for the Children’s Fire and Burns Trust and St Gregory’s Foundation, as well as other charities alon the route. The total amount raised was over £120,000.
In May 2005, Prince Michael as Royal Patron, took part in the White Knights Ride in Russia, starting from Vladivostok and finishing at Khabarovsk.
The rally was to raise funds for The Prince Michael of Kent Foundation, set up to benefit health, education, culture and heritage in Russia, and is administered by CAF. The money raised was also donated to the London’s Royal Marsden Hospital, in great need of a new rapid diagnostic scanner, and Britain’s Charities Aid Foundation Russia (CAF).