Prince Albert

Prince Albert

Prince Albert of Monaco has paid homage to Elvis Presley at his Graceland home.

The generosity that he showed toward others is simply remarkable and I think it's these aspects of his character, his persona, that make him such a special person.

The monarch - who is currently on holiday in America with new fiancée Charlene Wittstock - took a tour of the King of Rock's vast 38-room mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, where he died in 1977.

Albert explained: "If you're on a summer holiday, you've got to come at this time of year. I've always wanted to come to Graceland. Charlene and my friends wanted to be here today for this visit, Elvis touched our lives as well and the lives of so many people. We wanted to pay our respects and see what this place was all about."

Following the couple's tour of Graceland - where Elvis is buried - the prince went on to praise the legendary singer's musical talents.

He said: "He was an extraordinary figure of his time and our time. His legacy was tremendous in terms of the music he created, his films, and in terms of him as an entertainment personality.

"The generosity that he showed toward others is simply remarkable and I think it's these aspects of his character, his persona, that make him such a special person."

It's been a busy week for the prince and his fiancée - who is a former South African Olympic swimmer - after they were forced to alter the date of their impending nuptials to July 2 2011 so their friends from the Olympics Committee are able to attend.


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