Villa Guardamangia, the former home of Queen Elizabeth II in Malta has been put up for sale. The Queen lived here between 1949 and 1951 and the Villa is believed to be the only place outside of UK which the Queen has called her home.
The Villa, located on the outskirts of Valletta, has been priced at nearly €6m. Prince Philip was stationed in Malta as a naval officer and the couple spent early years of their marriage in this Villa.
There has been a lot of controversies related to the property in the past with certain groups demanding that it should be taken over by the Maltese government and then restored to its former glory.
However, another group believes that the Villa should be sold to a private player who may then decide what needs to be done with it. As of now, the decades-old Villa lies in a state of despair.
The property is currently listed by a luxury real estate agency and is described as “An amazing grand Palazzo style property located just outside the outskirts and suburbs of Valletta set just at the crest in the residential area of Guardamangia. ”
Homes of Quality (HOQ) further describes the property as “a grade 2 building with documented great historical value and measuring 1,560sqm.” It adds that the property also has various authentic architectural features “such as an imposing wide fronted façade, an elaborate porch, arched entrance hall, original wide staircase, stone floors and various fire places.”
With two garages, three bathrooms, six bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, lounge, dining room, the property also has a large garden of 900 sqm. “The property is just crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue,” the agency adds.
The Villa was built around 1900. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth lived here before her coronation. “Visiting Malta is always very special for me. I remember happy days here with Prince Phillip when we were first married,” the Queen was quoted as saying by BBC during her visit to Malta in 2015.