On March 7, 2019, Asgardia’s Head of Nation Dr. Igor Ashurbeyli and Prince Michael of Kent met in London. His Royal Highness received the Head of Nation in his residence at Kensington Palace.
The Head of Nation and Prince Michael have known each other for more than 15 years of friendship and collaboration. The Prince is a patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce, and Igor Ashurbeyli is its golden member.
At the meeting, Igor Ashurbeyli spoke of the first space kingdom, Asgardia, and suggested creating the World Council of Royal Dynasties on Earth. Today, the world counts 32 monarchs in power; 12 are in Europe alone.
Asgardia, according to its Constitution, is not merely the first space state, but is also the first space kingdom. The Head of the Nation was inaugurated on June 25, 2018 at the Hofburg, the winter residence of Austria’s Habsburgs. As a monarchy, it is essential for Asgardia to establish relations with traditional Earthly royal dynasties.
Married to a Catholic, Prince Michael has no claims to the British throne. However, he remains one of the closest relatives – a first cousin -- of the Earth’s oldest living monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, the prince’s family is related to the Romanov dynasty; he was named after Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich, Emperor Nicholas II’s younger brother.