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Standard of the King 1848 - 1880

by Theo van der Zalm, 17 July 2000

Since 1848 to 1880 the Royal standard was a white flag with a blue border. At the centre it bore the State Arms flanked by four tricolours.
Source: Gino Galuppini, Franco Gay, "Insegne bandiere distintive e stemma della Marina in Italia", in Rivista Marittima, 1992.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 18 July 2000


Standard of the Crownprince 1848 - 1880

by Theo van der Zalm, 17 July 2000

Since 1848 to 1880 the Royal princeps had a swallow tail version of it, but the arms had a princely crown, were of a simple form and there was one tricolour and one Savoy flag.
Source: Gino Galuppini, Franco Gay, "Insegne bandiere distintive e stemma della Marina in Italia", in Rivista Marittima, 1992.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 18 July 2000


Standard of the King 1880 - 1946

image by Simon Frame and Miles Li, 30 January 2017

Royal Standard: blue, in middle of a golden chain a crowned eagle bearing Savoy cross on breasts, in each corner a crown.
Željko Heimer, 17 September 1996

Royal Standard of the king of Italy from circa 1905 onward
Theo van der Zalm, 10 July 2000

It is almost identical to those shown in Flaggenbuch 1939, except that here the shade of blue appears to be darker
Santiago Dotor, 11 July 2000

After 1880 until 1946 the standards were defined as for Royal Decree of 28 November 1880. The Royal Standard was square, blue, with a crowned eagle amid, the shield of Savoy on his breast, all encircled by the collar of SS. Annunziata. A royal crown in each corner
Source: Gino Galuppini, Franco Gay, "Insegne bandiere distintive e stemma della Marina in Italia", in Rivista Marittima, 1992.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 18 July 2000

Simon's image is incorrect. An imperial German 1892-1918 eagle combined with a 'generic' style of royal crown and a collar which does not show the 'FERT' acronym of the House of Savoy. The scan of the Royal Standard is more accurate.
Santiago Dotor, 15 July 2002


Standard of the Crown Prince 1880 - 1946

image by Simon Frame and Miles Li, 30 January 2017

Royal Standard of the Crownprince of Italy from circa 1905 onward.
Theo van der Zalm, 10 July 2000

After 1880 until 1946 the standards were defined as for Royal Decree of 28 November 1880.The Gagliardetto dei Principi (ie Princeps Standard)was the same as the Standard of the King , but swallow tailed and without crowns in the corners.
Source: Gino Galuppini, Franco Gay, "Insegne bandiere distintive e stemma della Marina in Italia", in Rivista Marittima, 1992.
Pier Paolo Lugli, 18 July 2000

A recent Italian monarchist convention (that took place in the Roman Capitol, the palace of the mayor of Rome), with some members of the (former) royal family, had people with the Royal Standard (the blue one with the black eagle) and the common flag of Italy with the royal arms. The use of the flag with the crown is common among royalists although during the kingdom (1848-1946) flags showing the crown were used for military use. The royal standard is in the slide-show section at http://www.monarchia.it/attivitasvolte_20111126_roma.html.
SIALA ASSICURAZIONI, 6 December 2011