Duke Michael was born on 30 January 1994 in Freiburg-im-breisgau, the youngest child of Duke Borwin and Duchess Alice. He is currently second in the line of succession to the headship of the grand ducal house after his elder brother Hereditary Prince Alexander.
Duke Michael was christened into the Roman Catholic Church with the names Carl Michael Borwin Alexander Georg Friedrich Franz Hubertus Maria. Among his godparents was Duchess Donata of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. As has been traditional for the second son of the family Duke Michael received Carl as his first Christian name.
Duke Michael grew up in the Black Forest region of the state of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany where he received his primary schooling and the initial part of his secondary schooling. Away from his studies he spent time volunteering at a number of social centres in the region helping to care for elderly and disabled people.
In 2010 Duke Michael left Germany to finish his secondary schooling at Wilson’s Hospital School in the Republic of Ireland. During his time in Ireland he gained bronze and silver Gaisce award’s (The President’s Award), while at the end of the 2013 academic year he was named Bank of Ireland Student of the Year in Wilson’s Hospital School.
Since leaving Wilson’s in 2013 Duke Michael has been studying BA International Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands, becoming a member of the Academic Committee of the Bachelor Students of International Studies (B.A.S.I.S.) study association during his first year and its president in his second year. He is also Chief Junior Editor for the Diplomat Magazine whose headquarters are in The Hague