Villa Guardamangia has a special place in the heart of her Majesty the Queen of England. The villa served as the residence of Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth II from 1949 to 1951 when her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was stationed in Malta as an officer of the Royal Navy – the captain of HMS Magpie which was moored at Senglea.
Newsbook.com.mt spoke to the Chief Operations Officer at Heritage Malta Kenneth Gambin who said explained that Villa Guardamangia was purchased very recently by the government on the 5th June 2020 and is now entrusted to Heritage Malta.
The villa is a classic example of a mid-18th century Baroque summer palace. Located at no 49, Guardamangia Hill, Pieta’, the villa was scheduled at Grade 2 by the Planning Authority due to its architectural, cultural and historical value.
Referred to fondly by the Queen as ‘home’, Villa Guardamangia is the only property outside Great Britain in which the royal family has resided. The villa has an area of around 1,500 square metres, and includes eighteen rooms, stables, a large garden, wells, a war-shelter and other facilities.
Villa Guardamangia is currently closed to the public as it will be undergoing an extensive process of restoration. Preliminary works are currently being carried out so physical restoration may being in around a year’s time, Gambin elaborated.
A privileged glimpse into a bygone era… from the comfort of your home
Heritage Malta, in collaboration with Dhalia Real Estate Services, has just launched a virtual experience platform which will enable the general public to tour Villa Guardamangia in 3D.
The 360-degree, virtual platform not only serves as an important visual memory of the past and a documentation of the villa in its present state for posterity, but it also provides access to the general public during this period of restoration, besides affording a privileged glimpse into a bygone era.
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