Prince Michael 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. He is President of The Royal Automobile Club and also devotes considerable energy to promoting road safety in Britain and around the world.
His Royal Highness established his International Road Safety Awards in 1987. He is Patron of The Commission for Global Road Safety, established as an independent commission by the FIA Foundation in 2006 with a remit to examine the framework for, and level of, international cooperation on road safety, and to make policy recommendations. He has a keen interest in the education of young drivers and is Patron of First Gear.
Prince Michael is a keen sportsman. He 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.
The Prince was commissioned into the 11th Hussars (Prince Albert’s Own) in 1963. During a military career that spanned 20 years he saw service in Germany, Hong Kong and Cyprus, and also held a number of appointments on the Defence Intelligence Staff. His Royal Highness now holds a number of senior appointments in all three services.