As Prince William jets off to Malta, here's how to follow in his footsteps
This weekend, as the Duchess of Cambridge rests up at Kensington Palace, Prince William will take her place on a solo visit to Malta. That means we’ll be seeing plenty of gorgeous photos of the islands of Malta, from the glittering water of the Grand Harbour to the baroque cathedrals of Valletta – so why not offset your envy by planning your own trip?
Click through for our guide to Prince William’s itinerary, and how to include these landmarks in your next holiday.
Prince William will see Malta’s prime minister at the Auberge de Castille, in Malta’s capital Valletta, a fortified city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s an exciting time to plan a visit, because in 2018 Valletta will take the accolade of European Capital City of Culture. Expect cobbled streets, sun-dappled squares, fantastic shopping and a buzzing café culture.
On Saturday evening, Prince William will attend an official reception to mark 50 years of Malta’s independence. The event will be held at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, which offer an oasis of calm in the city, with grand views across the Grand Harbour and over to the Three Cities. The gardens date back to 1661, when they were privately owned by the Knights Of St John, who ruled Malta for 250 years.
On Sunday, Prince William will attend Mass at the jaw-dropping St John’s Co-Cathedral, then view two Caravaggio masterpieces that are housed there. The Co-Cathedral was built between 1573 and 1577 during the reign of Gran Master Jean de la Cassiere, and is a baroque work of art in itself.
Later on Sunday, he’ll be shown around the narrow streets and stunning historical architecture of Vittoriosa. Vittoriosa (also known as Birgu) is a city surrounded by fortified walls – it played an important role in the Siege of Malta in 1565.
The best way to see Malta’s Grand Harbour is with a boat trip, which is exactly how Prince William will round off his trip on Sunday afternoon.
If you’re planning a trip to Malta, you’ll find plenty of useful information at visitmalta.com.