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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Malta house is for sale

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While it is possible to snag a home close to a royal residence (like this house near Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, which hit the market in May and is now under offer), an opportunity to own one of their former homes is rare. But a French estate once home to Wallis Simpson and the Duke of Windsor was recently listed, and now a house in the island nation of Malta where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip lived briefly is for sale.

Listed for $6 million, Villa Guardamangia features six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a grand living room, and several areas for both guests and staff. “The residence, which is complemented with sea views over Marsamxett Harbour from the roof terrace, enjoys many authentic architectural features such as an imposing wide fronted façade, an elaborate porch, arched entrance hall, original wide staircase, stone floors, and various fireplaces,” reads the listing. The entire home was built in a palazzo style and is spread out over 5,000 square feet. While still large, it was quite a departure from the palatial living arrangements the pair were used to.

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It has fallen into disrepair over the years, but has “great historical value,” notes the estate agent. During the early years of their marriage, from 1949 to 1951, the Queen and Philip lived on the tiny European island while the Duke served in the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet. Malta is the only place outside the United Kingdom where Elizabeth has ever lived.

The Queen has openly admitted her love of Malta and looks back fondly on her years spent there as a newlywed and yet-to-be Queen. “Visiting Malta is always very special for me,” she said during a 2015 visit to the country. “I remember happy days here with Prince Philip when we were first married.”

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