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Tavolara Island (Sardinia, Italy)

Isola Tavolara

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by Mario Fabretto, 20 July 1996

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Kingdom of Tavolara

From The Flag Bulletin XVI:4: "In 1836, King Charles Albert I of Sardinia visited King Paolo I of Tavolara and acknowledged him as an independent, sovereign monarch."
Documents going back to 1767 affirm that Tavolara had never been a part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. At the death of Paolo I, in 1886, the republic was declared, but the monarchy was reinstated a few years later (c. 1895).
A newspaper in 1880's described the flag of the Kingdom: On a white field a red shield with a distinctive golden star, surmounted by a golden Tavolara crown. The design of the crown is unique to the Tavolaran royalty; it was omitted from the flag when the island was a republic.
Sources: F. W. Lehmann, "Tavolara", on The Flag Bulletin XVI, 4 - "Il Re di Tavolara",on "L'avvenire di Sardegna, Giornale politico internazionale", Volume XVI, n. 82 (April 1886), p. 2 - V. Curti, "Un regno sconosciuto nel mare d'Italia", on "Il giornale d'Italia", 3-8 November 1959.
Mario Fabretto, 20 July 1996

The visit of the Kingdom of Tavolara was my dream and I did it in 2002 and took some pictures. The correct star on the Coat of Arms is not six-pointed but only five-pointed. This Coat of Arms decorates the Restaurant "Da Tonino" of the current King of Tavolara -Tonino Bertoleoni. As far as the flag is concerned I can say that I did not find any flag there, neither Italian nor Tavolaran. Therefore I think that the Kingdom has got no flag.
Michal Grof, 2 August 2004

I have a photo of the flag. The star have six points. I got the flag from Paolo Paddeu, one of the main Milanese vexillologists.
Jaume Olle', 5 and 12 August 2004