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Pietà councillors propose renaming street after Queen Elizabeth II
‘Telghet Guardamangia’ is home to Queen Elizabeth’s former residence – Villa Guardamangia.

Emma Galea

A proposal to rename Pietà road ‘Telghet Guardamangia’ after Queen Elizabeth II has been approved by the town’s Local Council.

This motion was proposed by councillors Mark Pisani and Josef Fitzpatrick.

Despite the motion’s approval, the council has decided to give the street’s residents final say about whether or not its name should be changed.

Taking to social media, Councillor Pisani highlighted that the motion proposes changing the name of a part of ‘Telghet Guardamangia’ – i.e. from near the former blood bank to the shore.

Should the street’s residents welcome the proposal, this portion of the street will be known as ‘Triq ir-Regina Elizabetta II’.

Queen Elizabeth spent around two years living in Pietà, specifically in Villa Guardamangia, between 1949 and 1951. She was here as a navy wife supporting her husband Prince Philip whilst he was stationed in Malta.

The villa was originally owned by Lord Mountbatten, Prince Philip’s uncle but was largely used by the young couple.

Her Majesty had in fact often referred to her time in Malta as one of the best periods of her life.

Most recently, during an interview with CNN, President George Vella even revealed how the Queen’s eyes had lit up when he had let her know that her dear Maltese home was set to be restored.

Do you agree with this proposal?

Facebook/Mark Pisani & GoogleMaps/Villa Guardamangia

27th September 2022


Emma Galea
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Emma Galea
Emma is a Gozitan writer who loves all things related to English literature and history. When not busy studying or writing you will either find her immersed in a fictional book or at the cinema trying to watch as my films as she possibly can!

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