Nina Dobler Menegatto, Princess of Seborga, a hilltop village in northern Italy that claims independence and where locals say medieval knights hid the Holy Grail. A French interloper claims he is the rightful ruler over Seborga’s 320 people. Photo: AFPNina Dobler Menegatto, Princess of Seborga, a hilltop village in northern Italy that claims independence and where locals say medieval knights hid the Holy Grail. A French interloper claims he is the rightful ruler over Seborga’s 320 people. Photo: AFP
Nina Dobler Menegatto, Princess of Seborga, a hilltop village in northern Italy that claims independence and where locals say medieval knights hid the Holy Grail. A French interloper claims he is the rightful ruler over Seborga’s 320 people. Photo: AFP

Italian Riviera micronation has its first princess, and a rival claimant to its crown

  • The people of Seborga say their village was never legally part of Italy, and that the Holy Grail is hidden there – though no proof for either claim exists
  • A German-born princess was elected its monarch when her ex-husband abdicated, but a French interloper has declared himself His Serene Highness Nicolas I
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Nina Dobler Menegatto, Princess of Seborga, a hilltop village in northern Italy that claims independence and where locals say medieval knights hid the Holy Grail. A French interloper claims he is the rightful ruler over Seborga’s 320 people. Photo: AFPNina Dobler Menegatto, Princess of Seborga, a hilltop village in northern Italy that claims independence and where locals say medieval knights hid the Holy Grail. A French interloper claims he is the rightful ruler over Seborga’s 320 people. Photo: AFP
Nina Dobler Menegatto, Princess of Seborga, a hilltop village in northern Italy that claims independence and where locals say medieval knights hid the Holy Grail. A French interloper claims he is the rightful ruler over Seborga’s 320 people. Photo: AFP
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