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The Princess Diaries (novel and movie)

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Introduction

The Princess Diaries is a novel by Meg Cabot, and a Disney production, where a girl becomes a princess.
Santiago Tazon, 15 December 2001, Zachary Harden, 18 July 2002, and Rob Raeside, 20 February 2012


Genovia

[Genovia]
reconstructed image by Ben Felix, 19 February 2012

I saw a strange flag in the trailer of The Princess Diaries. (Promotional photograph) According to the script, the flag represents a fictional European state called "Genovia".
Santiago Tazon, 15 December 2001

I have also seen this flag seen in lots of ads. The flag was mostly seen in the royal house or the car used to take the royal family.
Zachary Harden, 15 December 2001

I drew a few versions of the flag of Genovia.
Ben Felix, 19 Februari 2012

Concerning the version shown, I'd just quibble that the supporters, not a garland, are shown around the CoA shield in the available screenshot, and that the hoist side panel is blue, not green.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 February 2012


Probably, the flag is absolute fiction. Could it be based on the Ligurian flag?
Santiago Tazon, 15 December 2001

I guess if the middle panel is swapped from white to red and the CoA radically changed, then: Yes, it could be based on the Ligurian flag. But it looks much more like any green-white-blue vertical triband with a central charge, some of which might have been a more likely influence on the prop creators of this US movie (or the US author of the original book, if the flag design comes from there) than an Italian regional flag, albeit the one that corresponds to the real-world setting of the fictional location.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 February 2012