Flashback: Photos from the Queen and Prince Philip's visits to Malta

The Mediterranean island of Malta may be small, but it holds a very special place in the Queen’s heart.

This week, Prince William paid a royal visit to the picturesque country on behalf of his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleton), who was forced to cancel her travel plans due to extreme morning sickness.

While there, William spoke of his pregnant wife’s disappointment at not being able to undertake her first solo tour due to her hyperemesis gravidarum, while promising to return with his family when Prince George is older – just like the Queen had done in the past.

The Duke went on to express the Queen’s fondness for the popular tourist destination, reading a message written by his grandmother.

“We have such fond memories of your country at different stages of our lives,” it read. “First as a young married couple when we lived in Malta, and then again when we returned at the time of our 60th wedding anniversary in 2007.

Prince Philip and I are grateful to the people of Malta for always making us, and our family, feel so welcome.”

THE QUEEN AND PRINCE PHILIP IN MALTA: CLICK FOR THE GALLERY

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