This famous Palazzo was built in 1900 by Sir Augusto Bartolo and was originally called Casa Medina and was originally a farmhouse. In around 1929 the Palazzo was first leased to the Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Earl Mountbatten frequented the Palazzo while stationed in Malta as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet in the 1950s. Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II and her then-fiancé, Philip Mountbatten (later Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh) first stayed at this Palazzo in 1946. The couple returned a number of times between then and 1952 while Philip was stationed in Malta as a Royal Navy officer and Elizabeth worked with the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen Families Association (SSAFA) at Auberge de Castile. The Earl of Mountbatten eventually passed the Palazzo to the royal couple and they resided there continuously between 1949 and 1951. It has been suggested that their second child Princess Anne, was conceived at this Palazzo. The Queen, who refers to the house simply as “Guardamangia”, has described her stay on Malta as one of the best periods of her life as it was the only time, she was able to live “normally”. Queen Elizabeth II visited the Palazzo during her state visit to Malta in 1992 and she and the Duke of Edinburgh celebrated their 60th anniversary where she requested to see the Palazzo. The Queen was given a painting of the Palazzo by the Maltese High Commissioner in London Norman Hamilton in 2013. The Queen describes it as a “town house” which is a typical traditional Maltese residence. The building is built with limestone, known as sandstone and described by the Queen as “yellow stone”, and designed with spacious interiors. The Palazzo has two entrances with one set at street level and another set after going up a flight of stairs under an elaborate front porch. The royal family had taken their own personal belongings from Britain when they lived at the Palazzo allowing them to live in a lavish residence, in a once-elegant home. The royal family had British servants at the villa to serve them for their daily requirements. The gardens of the Palazzo are secluded and the Queen herself had decorated the gardens and the surroundings according to her tastes and lifestyle, however most garden-related work was done by a gardener. The main outdoor feature in the garden is the long terrace taking from the building of the Palazzo to the other side of the garden. In the middle of the terrace is where a bench stood that is the place where most known published photos of the royal couple and guests were taken. Other photos were taken on the roof terrace of the Palazzo, while some were taken by the press back then at the front of the Palazzo while the couple walked in on the flight of stairs. The garden had a function to entertain and also to cultivate flowers, which Prince Philip enjoyed to have in his cabin and wardroom. This Infamous Palazzo sits on a plot of 1,560 sqm with a built – up area of approximately 600 Sqm and boasts over thirty rooms. On entering the Grand Hallway, you will be met with a Formal Sitting Room on the right-hand side and to the left-hand side you will find a large sitting room leading to a Formal Dining Room and further to the left you will come to the Kitchen and pantry. As you walk from the Grand hallway you will reach the breath-taking gardens.On the first floor you will find a beautiful Sala Nobile leading on to a terrace on one side and overlooking the lavish gardens on the other side. On both sides of the Sala Nobile you will find five bedrooms in total with two of the bedrooms benefiting from end-suite bathrooms and a master bathroom. This Plazzo has an underground War Shelter which is set two stories beneath the ground floor. On the left-hand side of this Palazzo you will find another Grand Entrance which was for the Queens Carriages to enter the Palazzo.
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