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by Mario Fabretto, 20 July 1996
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