The Wider Image: Step inside the crumbling villa where Queen Elizabeth spent her 20s
A sink stands in the ensuite bathroom of what was formerly then-Princess Elizabeth's bedroom at Villa Guardamangia, a former residence of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, in Pieta, Malta, July 1, 2020. "The villa had separate apartments for the prince and the princess, each including a bedroom, walk-in wardrobe, an anteroom and a bathroom," said Kenneth Gambin, a curator for Heritage Malta. The then-Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip were in the first years of their marriage at the time and moved to Malta when Prince Philip was based there in command of a Royal Navy frigate. The Maltese government agency Heritage Malta acquired the Villa Guardamangia for some five million euros and hopes not just to restore the villa to the way it looked several decades ago, but also to turn it into a museum of Malta's history as a British colony until independence in 1964, and the links with the British royal family. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi SEARCH "QUEEN ELIZABETH VILLA" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.