The Maltese islands continue to be a popular destination with the Royal family, this month the Queen will be returning to Malta accompanied by the Duke Of Edinburgh to attend the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from November 26th – 28th. In support of The Queen, the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, will also attend the biennial summit meeting.
The unique, majestic islands are steeped in rich history and culture, spanning 7,000 years, surrounded by the clear azure waters of the Mediterranean. Boasting three diverse islands, which offer an abundance of historical treasures, the capital (Valletta) has been awarded European Capital Of Culture 2018, a welcoming English speaking population and exceptionally good weather for this time of year it’s no surprise the Queen keeps returning.
If you want to experience Malta like the Royal family, here’s how to do it:
A stroll through Valletta:
Discover the beautiful fortified capital of Malta, Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with grand examples of architecture and history and of course the vibrancy of a multicultural city. It has also been awarded the accolade of European Capital City of Culture 2018. a ceremonial welcome will take place here for the arrival of the Queen and Prince Philip on November 26th.
Wander around San Anton Gardens:
The Queen and Duke Of Edinburgh will host a reception for the people of Malta in the green oasis of San Anton Gardens on Thursday evening. Stroll along these beautifully laid out gardens with a myriad of flourishing flora, stone sculptures and fountains. The stunning gardens form part of the San Anton Palace, the official residence of the President of Malta and home to the Queen and Prince for the duration of their stay in Malta and they will also host a reception there for the People of Malta.
Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral:
Be sure to visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, a 17th century masterpiece located in the heart of majestical Mdina, the silent city that boasts an astonishing mix of baroque and medieval architecture and wonderfully adorned churches within fortified walls. The Duke will attend a short thanksgiving service at St. Paul’s Cathedral on November 27th
Housed within the old Naval Bakery in Vittoriosa, one of the oldest cities on the Island. The Museum charts Malta’s maritime history from prehistory to the present day highlighting the importance and influence seafaring had on the Mediterranean. On November 27th Prince Charles is due to visit the Maritime Museum for a viewing of an exhibition of the work of finalists in the Prince of Wales’s Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards.
Take a boat trip around the Grand Harbour:
Why not witness the magnificent views of Malta’s capital Valletta on a boat trip around the Grand Harbour like the Queen and Prince Philip. Discover Malta’s key moments in history while taking in the beauty of the Maltese coastline. On Saturday afternoon the Queen and Prince Philip will take a boat trip around the Valletta’s Harbour.
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