The Queen’s beloved first home with Prince Philip is on the market for £5.3m – but it needs A LOT of renovation

THE home where the Queen and Prince Philip lived during the 1950s is officially on the market for £5.3million.

Villa Guardamangia, located in the Maltese capital of Valletta has six bedrooms as well as sea views, guest quarters and a roof terrace.

The 93-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip, 98, lived there when the Queen was a princess between 1949 and 1951.

Prince Philip was serving on HMS Chequers with the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet at the time.

Also featuring three bathrooms, a huge living room and guest quarters, according to estate agents Homes of Quality, the villa has "great historical value".

It's thought to have special sentimental value to the couple, with the pair spending their second honeymoon in Malta following their 1947 wedding.

During a visit in 2015, the Queen said: "Visiting Malta is always very special for me.

"I remember happy days here with Prince Philip when we were first married."

Former Maltese president, Marie Louise Coleiro even presented the couple with a painting of Villa Guardamangia during the trip.

It's reported that the Queen said it was the only place she could "live normally".

It seems the property is in need of some TLC, with Homes of Quality estate agents explaining that the palazzo-style mansion is "crying out for a great conversion" revealing it could be a "superb residence of possibly a commercial venue".

"An amazing grand Palazzo style property located just outside the outskirts and suburbs of Valletta set just at the crest in the residential area of Guardamangia," the description reads.

"The property is a grade 2 building with documented great historical value and measuring 1,560sqm.

"The residence which is complimented 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 fire places."

In other royal news, we told you Meghan Markle won’t return to work until autumn – but will ‘mirror’ Kate Middleton by attending a ‘few engagements’ before then, royal biographer claims.

We also revealed Prince Louis wore the exact same shirt to Trooping the Colour that uncle Prince Harry wore 30 years earlier.

And we showed you Meghan Markle flaunted flashy THIRD ring at Trooping the Colour.

Source: Read Full Article