Flag, coat of arms, national anthem

Flag

Although art. 4 of the General Statutes, which has never been modified, still contains the description of the old flag (“The flag of Seborga is made up of two triangular parts, white and blue”), the flag used today is divided into two parts: the left part, corresponding to 1/3 of the length, has a white background and features the small coat of arms of the Principality (see below); the right part, corresponding to 2/3 of the length, is made up of 18 alternating horizontal white and blue bands.
For the personal banner of HSH Princess Nina, please see the page “HSH the Princess of Seborga“.

Flag currently in use

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Coat of arms

The current coat of arms of the Principality of Seborga seems to derive from the House of Savoy (about 1760), since it has a royal crown and is very similar to that of the House of Savoy. The shield, which for the Savoy coat of arms is red, is blue, perhaps to refer to the fact that Seborga is located in a seafaring area or perhaps because the Savoy bought the village from the monks, who resided on the sea near the Islands of Lérins. The heraldic description of the coat of arms is as follows: “Blue Samnite shield bearing a white Greek cross on the pole, pointed, surmounted by a royal crown, placed on a red mantle with ermine”. The band with the motto of the Principality is from a later period (19th century).
Sometimes – actually quite rarely – a smaller version of the coat of arms (in heraldry “lesser coat of arms”) is also used.
For the personal coat of arms of HSH Princess Nina, please see the page “HSH the Princess of Seborga“.

The motto of the Principality of Seborga is “Sub Umbra Sedi” which can be translated into “I sat in the shade”. This motto, which already appears in the “Statutes and Regulations” of 1261, seems to derive from a sentence pronounced by Prince-Abbot Aicardo on the occasion of his visit to Seborga, when he told that during his walk along the steep and sunny paths that led to the village he had found refreshment under some olive and chestnut trees that surrounded the village.

National anthem

The Seborgan national anthem is entitled “La Speranza” (“The Hope”). The version below was orchestrated, starting from the original melody, by the prestigious Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra (Slovakia) of about 90 players, conducted by Maestro Peter Breiner. For years, Maestro Breiner has been in charge of guiding and supervising the work “The complete National Anthems of the World” (Naxos editions), a collection of 10 CDs with over 400 national anthems from various countries around the world, considered “the most complete and updated collection of national anthems available”. The versions of the national anthems recorded by this orchestra have also been used in prestigious international events, such as the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics and the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

National anthem of the Principality of Seborga “La Speranza” – Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra (Slovakia), dir. M° Peter Breiner

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La Speranza è in colui che crede
nella forza della Verità;
c’è l’uomo che lotta per la Fede
e chi per amor di Libertà.

Non tema chi lotta con onore
e sorride nelle avversità,
giacchè se nel tempo il corpo muore
più forte vivrà la Volontà.

[Ref.] E vai, sii Uomo e vai,
di bianco e azzurro vestiti!
E vai, Seborghino vai,
nei tuoi colori fonditi!
Non ti fermare mai
se trovi degli ostacoli,
nel tuo trionfo avrai
gli onori del tuo Popolo.

Non giunge la mano del potente
a fermare Storia e Dignità,
finché la radice della Gente
nella propria Terra affonderà.

Non dona conquista al detentore
chi dimostra fede e civiltà,
ma è contro la Legge del Signore
l’uomo che si macchia di viltà.

[Ref.] E vai, sii Uomo e vai,
di bianco e azzurro vestiti!
E vai, Seborghino vai,
nei tuoi colori fonditi!
Non ti fermare mai
se trovi degli ostacoli.
Vai, Seborghino vai,
Vittoria arriverà!
Vittoria arriverà!