Queens former residence in Malta up for sale at €59m

first_img SharePrint Google MapsGoogle Maps The palazzo that served as the residence of Princess Elizabeth, later Queen, and Prince Philip between 1949 and 1951, is up for sale at €5,950,000.Villa Gwardangia, a grade 2 building, measures 1,560sqm and has a lounge, dining room, living room, kitchen, 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, grand ‘sala nobile’, 2 garages and various rooms which lead to a mature garden which measures 900sqm.The property has been listed on Frank Salt’s website, which have described the property as “crying out for a great conversion and will make a superb residence or possibly a commercial venue”.It has also sea views over Marsamxett Harbour from its roof terrace.Nationalist Pietà local councillor Josef Fitzpatrick in a Facebook post said that the advert confirms what he had said on Villa Gwardamangia. Fitzpatrick referred to an interview conducted by state TV with Pietà mayor and Heritage Malta official during which it was announced that there were ongoing discussions on the possible sale of the Villa. Fitzpatrick had presented a motion in front of Pietà local council on 12 March 2019 which was discussed on 25 March.In his motion, the local councillor had asked the council to consider asking the Authority in charge to intervene in this situation, to identify the owners of the property and establish whether they have the necessary means to restore the palazzo. In the eventuality that this resulted in the negative, the motion urged the competent authorities to intervene and restore the building.It was suggested that the palazzo would be restored to its former glory to be enjoyed by residents, people living on the islands and as well as serve as a tourist attraction. In the motion put forward by Fitzpatrick stated that in the eventuality the property ceases to belong to private individuals then Heritage Malta and Pietà Local Council should be responsible for it.The local councillor wrote to Heritage Malta in April demanding a clarification over a number of points the official had made during TV programmes on state TV. Fitzpatrick had asked when was interest first shown by the Government to acquire the property, with Kenneth Gambin from Heritage Malta saying “years ago”. He also asked about ongoing talks with the royal family over the property which Gambin cited during the programme, with the latter saying that there were ongoing discussions. Finally he also asked about contact made with the owners, with Gambin saying that they were contacted however Fitzpatrick claimed that no contact was made with the owners.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img