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Moments Of Queen Elizabeth II In Malta

 

Take a look at some of Queen Elizabeth II’s moments in Malta…

 

Her Majesty, who also held the title Queen of Malta, had a special love for all things Maltese since she lived here for two years from 1949 to 1951.

 

 

As Princess Elizabeth, she stayed at Villa Guardamangia in Pieta when the Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in Malta with the Royal Navy.

 

 

Lady Pamela Hicks, one of The Queen’s bridesmaids, said: “The Queen really loved living in Malta because she was able to lead a normal life, wander through the towns and go shopping”.

 

 

 

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have returned to Malta several times since then – most recently in 1992 for a state visit, in 2007 for their diamond anniversary and in 2015 for the Commonwealth summit in Valletta.

 

 

The Queen has often told of her ‘special’ fondness of Malta, once describing her time on the island as ‘the happiest days of my life’.

 

 

In a speech in Kalkara in 2015, she said: ‘With each visit here I am reminded why Malta was awarded the George Cross in 1942 by my father, King George VI, for her valour – the first and only time it has been awarded to a country rather than an individual 🇲🇹

 

 

 

Do you recall any of these visits?