On 15 April 1942, the island nation of Malta was awarded the George Cross, by King George VI of Britain. It is the highest civilian honour for courage and heroism bestowed by the British government.
The George Cross symbolises the bravery and heroism of the Maltese men and women who lived and suffered through World War II, as it became the most bombed place on the planet.
On the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of this award to Malta, Her Majesty The Queen sent the below message to the Maltese people:
“As you commemorate the occasion of the 80th Anniversary of the Award of the George Cross by my father, I would like to send my continued good wishes to the people of Malta whom I remember with great fondness. We continue to honour and admire Malta’s brave people, whose heroism and devotion will never be forgotten.” – Elizabeth R.