The Queen’s former home in Malta, Villa Guardamangia is now on the market for almost €6m (£5.3m).
The Villa was formerly occupied by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in the early years of their marriage whilst Prince Philip was stationed as a naval officer in Malta between 1949 – 1951. Since then the property has fallen into harder times but is currently being listed by a luxury real estate agency.
The estate agency has described the property as “an amazing grand palazzo style property … with documented great historic value“.
The 1900s built property boasts high ceilings, stables and various guest quarters, but in its recent years its walls have crumbled, the paint work has peeled and the ironwork had rusted to waste, as well as weeds overtaking the garden where the Queen and the Duke once relaxed in the Mediterranean sun.
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The Maltese government are hopeful to buy and convert the villa into a tourist attraction, but legal issues with its owner means no moves to do so have been made.
During her last stay 2015, the Queen stated that the villa looks rather sad now”.
The six-bedroom residence is home to three bathrooms, a grand ‘sala nobile’ (function room), and several rooms leading into a 900sqm enchanted garden.
The property itself needs a major renovation, and many believe the building would make a fabulous commercial venue or museum, but no one is sure of the fate of Villa Guardamangia.