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Queen Elizabeth II's Malta home Villa Guardamangia is up for sale

Royal real estate could be yours to own in the Mediterranean for a cool Dh25 million

The exterior of Villa Guardamangia in Malta, where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip lived from 1949 until 1951. Getty Images
The exterior of Villa Guardamangia in Malta, where Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip lived from 1949 until 1951. Getty Images

Moving into Buckingham Palace or Balmoral Castle is a distant pipe dream for most. However, you could move into a former royal home, as Villa Guardamangia has been listed for sale in Malta.

The villa served as a home for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip between 1949 and 1951, when the Duke of Edinburgh was stationed on the Mediterranean island as a naval officer. The couple left before the Queen's reign began in 1952.

VALLETTA, MALTA - NOVEMBER 26: The exterior of Villa Guardamangia is seen on November 26, 2015 in Valletta, Malta. The villa on the outskirts of Valletta and which has fallen into disrepair, is the only house outside the UK that a British monarch has resided in. The Queen lived at the property when her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in Malta as a serving Royal Navy officer. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Villa Guardamangia is described as an 'amazing grand Palazzo-style property'. Getty Images

The home, which is Grade II listed but has been neglected in recent years, is on the market for €5,950,000 (Dh24.7 million), and is currently posted on Home of Quality real estate website. It is located in the hamlet of Gwardamangia, in central Malta.

According to the listing, the villa, which is also referred to as Casa Guardamangia or Casa Medina, is an "amazing grand Palazzo-style property", which enjoys "sea views over Marsamxett Harbour". It spans 1,560 square metres.

The listing goes on to say that it "enjoys many authentic architectural features such as an imposing wide-fronted facade, an elaborate porch, arched entrance hall, original wide staircase, stone floors and various fireplaces".

VALLETTA, MALTA - NOVEMBER 26: The exterior of Villa Guardamangia is seen on November 26, 2015 in Valletta, Malta. The villa on the outskirts of Valletta and which has fallen into disrepair, is the only house outside the UK that a British monarch has resided in. The Queen lived at the property when her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in Malta as a serving Royal Navy officer. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
The agency selling the villa, have identified 'superb commercial value' in the property. Getty Images

"The property is just crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue," it continues.

The spacious property is made up of a lounge, dining room, living room and kitchen, as well as six bedrooms and three bathrooms. The listing adds that it "is further complemented with stables, various guest/servant quarters, cellars, shelter".

VALLETTA, MALTA - NOVEMBER 26: The exterior of Villa Guardamangia is seen on November 26, 2015 in Valletta, Malta. The villa on the outskirts of Valletta and which has fallen into disrepair, is the only house outside the UK that a British monarch has resided in. The Queen lived at the property when her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh was stationed in Malta as a serving Royal Navy officer. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
The villa is located on the outskirts of Valletta and which has fallen into disrepair. Getty Images

The Queen and Prince Philip lived there during the early years of their marriage and eldest son Prince Charles's life. The Queen and Prince Phillip married in 1947 and Prince Charles was born in November 1948.

Of Malta, the Queen has said during a 2015 visit to the island: "Visiting Malta is always very special for me. I remember happy days here with Prince Phillip when we were first married."

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