Official photograph of Princess Elizabeth and her husband on honeymoon at Broadlands, Romsey, Hampshire

Official photograph of Princess Elizabeth and her husband on honeymoon at Broadlands, Romsey, HampshirePhoto by Central Press/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip spent the first years of married life living in Malta, and now the Maltese Government have revealed their plans to turn the couple's first home into a museum 

The Maltese Government have purchased Villa Guardamangia, which is currently run down with most of its contents sold. However, Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said the villa will be turned into a tourist attraction once it has been restored.

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The couple's love for Malta has long been known, and their original plans were to live on the island for as long as possible before returning to the UK. However, their plans changed when King George VI passed away in 1952, making Elizabeth Queen only a few short years into her marriage. 

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According to royal expert Victoria Arbiter, the area was where Her Majesty was happiest.

She said: “The years the Queen spent in Malta were said to be among the happiest of her life, and the Mediterranean archipelago was the only place outside the UK she ever called home.

“There's much to be said for a taste of a normal existence when one inhabits an abnormal world.”

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