Here’s your chance to see inside The Queen’s former home in Malta – but you’ll have to be quick.
Villa Guardamangia in Pieta is open for viewing on Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 6pm ahead of a big auction this weekend.
The entire contents of the villa are being put up for sale by Belgravia Auctions.
The once-impressive building was home to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip between 1949 and 1951.
The auction will be held on Friday and Saturday at the villa.
Sale items listed on the auction house’s website include paintings, clocks, furniture from the 17th and 18th century, silver cutlery, candlesticks, cabinets, chests of drawers and chairs and footstools.
Villa Guardamangia was home to Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip between 1949 and 1951.
It was put up for sale in June for €6.5 million.
The once grand house in Pieta, which is listed as a Grade 2 monument, is in a sorry state after decades of neglect.
The villa enjoys sea views over Marsamxett Harbour from the roof terrace, has six bedrooms, three bathrooms, a grand ‘sala nobile’, and various rooms leading to a large mature garden.
Josienne Degaetano from Frank Salt Real Estate said: ‘The interior rooms are spacious with high ceilings and the main house is further complemented with stables, various guest/servant quarters, cellars, shelter and more.
‘The property is just crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue.’
Villa Guardamangia was built in 1900 by Sir Augusto Bartolo.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh spent the first years of their marriage living at the villa when the Prince was in the stationed in Malta with HMS Chequers.
She has fond memories of her time on the Mediterranean island, living as a naval officer’s wife.
Speaking during a trip to Malta in 2015, The Queen said: ‘Visiting Malta is always very special for me.
‘I remember happy days here with Prince Phillip when we were first married.’
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have returned to Malta several times over the years – most recently in 1992 for a state visit, in 2007 for their diamond anniversary and in 2015 for the Commonwealth summit in Valletta.
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