This is Villa Guardamangia, Queen Elizabeth II’s former Maltese residence. The late monarch resided here intermittently between 1949 and 1951, as her husband Prince Philip served as an officer of the Royal Navy.
At the time, Princess Elizabeth was known to frequently wave him goodbye from the Harbour Fire Command station at Fort St Elmo.
The villa served as the only permanent residence outside the UK the Queen ever had. The resident was later purchased by the Maltese government and entrusted to Heritage Malta in 2020.
Representing Malta and Great Britain’s close 200 year relationship, Villa Guardamangia now stands in silence as people lay wreaths and flowers to pay their respects for the late monarch.