People from all over the island have welcomed news that The Queen’s former home in Malta is to be turned into a museum.
Villa Guardamangia in Pieta will be restored to its former glory after being bought by the Maltese government.
The villa enjoys sea views over Marsamxett Harbour from the roof terrace, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a grand ‘sala nobile’, and various rooms leading to a large mature garden.
These stunning shots taken by TVM give a glimpse of how grand the villa was in the past.
The gardens are huge
And although it needs work, the interior screams Maltese tradition
With its typical Maltese tiles or ‘madum Malti’
And staircases you rarely see anymore
Just imagine how it will look once restored to its former glory
Does this look familiar?
Probably because you recognise it from this iconic photo right here!
Despite the need for upkeep, the gardens look magnificent
And we simply can’t wait until the museum is up and running
Villa Guardamangia was built in 1900 by Sir Augusto Bartolo.
It was home to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip between 1949 and 1951.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have returned to Malta several times over the years – most recently in 1992 for a state visit, in 2007 for their diamond anniversary and in 2015 for the Commonwealth summit in Valletta.