It is not a secret that Malta holds a special place in the heart of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who actually lived here in the gorgeous Villa Guardamangia, in the years before she actually became the Queen. In her Malta days, Princess Elizabeth had a hint of normality, with various memoirs stating that she also used to go out and do her own grocery shopping – which was also referenced in Netflix’s The Crown.
Queen Elizabeth II visited Malta on six occasions – in 1954, in 1967, in 1992, in 2005, in 2007 and the most-recent one being 2015 for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
One of the items on Her Majesty’s Schedule during her 2015 visit was a State Banquet in which a twist was given to one of Malta’s favourite dishes – Summien, i.e. Quail. If we had to ask around you either love to eat quail or you don’t. The Queen seems to fall under the first category.
A couple of days ago, one of the Queen’s Favourite dishes which was cooked in Malta has featured in a Real Royalty YouTube Video, where it was replicated and reproduced by a Michelin-star Chef.
The programme also features ANOTHER dish which was the dessert of the same State Banquet during the 2015 Malta CHOGM which was also attended by Justin Trudeau of Canada, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles – and that is a delicious-looking pineapple cake.
Just by looking at these two recipes, we can see that The Queen shares with us one of the things which make Malta so special for us too, and that is, the way we cook our food.
The special place Malta has in The Queen’s heart has, many a time come across even in some of her speeches. At the Opening of the 2015 CHOGM, The Queen had said that “Malta is a reminder that a nation’s size is no measure of the moral strength of its people or its willingness to play a full part in the global agenda. Prince Philip and I first came to live here in 1949, the same year in which the Commonwealth was founded.”
At that same visit she also remarked “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.”
And finally in THAT iconic Christmas Message, in 2015, Malta also got a sweet mention: “In 1949 I spent Christmas in Malta as a newly-married naval wife. We have returned to that island over the years, including last month for a meeting of Commonwealth leaders.”