Queen Elizabeth II’s former residence in Pieta, Villa Guardamangia, will open publicly for the first time ever next week, ahead of its restoration.
The villa marks the only house outside of the UK which the Queen used to call home. Her Majesty’s residency was then bought by the Maltese government for an unidentified sum in 2019 after its owners put it up for sale for €6 million.
The site is expected to be converted into a tourist attraction by Heritage Malta, but before they do so, members of the public are invited to visit the house. Those with personal memories attached to the villa are urged to go on Sunday 19 and to bring any photos which may be linked to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s stay at the residence between 1949 and 1951.
The memories or objects will be recorded or scanned so that Heritage Malta can feature them in public exhibits once the house is restored.
Her Majesty remarks her time in Malta as a joyous one and a time in which she could live normally. The Queen was kept away from her residency during her last visit to Malta in 2015 since it was practically falling to pieces.
However, the President of Malta gifted her and Prince Philip with a painting of Villa Guardamangia in its former glory as a token of appreciation.