Villa Guardamangia

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To those readers who think that Malta has appeared on the pages of Just about Travel too often in the last few weeks, turn away now!

Image – Heritage Malta

The island has a new tourist attraction – the Villa Guardamangia – which served as home to the Queen and Prince Philip from 1949-1951.

The villa has been a stopping point for many tourists over the years but now the Maltese government is planning to turn the villa into a museum.

The run-down villa was purchased by the government last year with the intent of turning it into a a tourist attraction. With the death of Prince Philip, the thought is that it might become a museum about the couple and what Malta was like in the years succeeding WWII.

But a lot of work will be required by heritage Malta whose role it will be to restore the building,.

Two years ago, The Times of Malta presented its readers with a tour of the villa. It wasn’t in a pristine state; far from it so money and time will be required.

When the Queen was last in Malta she wanted to go the villa but was unable to do more than look through the gates so dangerous was the building believed to be.

With just six bedrooms, three bathrooms and a large living room, the villa won’t be the largest museum in the world but it is believed that the first floor will be reconstructed to show what it was like when the couple lived there. The ground floor will be given over to exhibitions of the relationship between Malta and the UK.

In the meantime, the outside of the villa is acting as draw for people to leave flowers in memory of Prince Philip before his funeral this afternoon.

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