Duke of Tapley
His Grace, Michael Hammett, the Duke of Tapley is a peer of Westarctica and has served the government of Westarctica since 2019.
The Duke of Tapley
|Knight Commander of the Snowflake|
Companion of Westarctica
|Title held||8 September 2019 - Present|
|Preceded by||Title Established|
|In Office||2 November 2021 - Present|
|Preceded by||Office Established|
|In Office||2019 - Present|
|Preceded by||David Chase Callahan|
|Issue||Countess of Downs|
Lady Protector of Garwood
Early career with Westarctica
Michael was a supporter of Westarctica starting in 2017, when he purchased a peerage title for his newly born grandson, who became the Baron of Garwood. Later, in 2019, Michael himself was elevated to the peerage as the Duke of Tapley, so-named for the Tapley Mountains. His daughters bear the titles Lady Protector of Garwood and Countess of Downs.
After the Consul-General to the Southeastern United States, David Chase Callahan, was appointed to the Grand Ducal Court, Michael was selected to take his place as an Honorary Consul. The consular region was slightly modified and the Duke became Consul to the Southern United States.
Minister of Colonial Affairs
On 2 November 2021, the Duke was appointed to the Royal Council as Minister of Colonial Affairs.