Queen Elizabeth’s favourite country is Malta because she ‘lead a normal life’ there
Queen Elizabeth II, 92, is the most well-traveled monarch in history and has visited many countries to encourage good relations between countries due to her role as Queen and head of the Commonwealth.
Her most visited country is Canada, where she has been a total of 27 times. But, Malta is known to be her favourite country because of the lovely memories she made there. It is thought to be the only country where she could live with ease and free of the pressure of becoming the next queen.
Shortly after her marriage with Prince Phillip, the Queen lived there for two years due to her husband being stationed there as a navy officer and fell in love with the place. They stayed at Villa Guardamancia between 1949 and 1951 and is apparently the only foreign country she has ever lived in.
However, after her father became seriously ill, she was forced to return to the UK and began preparations for her crowning.
She wanted to visit the villa in 2007 but the current owners, the family of Guze Schembri, refused her request.
One of the Queen’s bridesmaids, Lady Pamela said that the Queen was very happy on the island.
She told the MailOnline: “The Princess really loved Malta because she was able to lead a normal life, wander through the town and do some shopping.
“It was the only place that she was able to live the life of a naval officer’s wife, just like all the other wives.
“It was wonderful for her and it’s why they have such a nostalgia for Malta.”
The Queen has visited the island since then though; in 1992 for a state visit, in 2007 for her diamond anniversary, and in 2015 for a Commonwealth meeting.