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

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.

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.

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.

  1. by MauricePColgan 06th Aug 2010 14:28

    A great story considering the time of year when millions look to Graceland on the 16th of August.
    Meanwhile the current issue of Record Collector magazine carries a two page spread on ... Read More

  2. by Brian Quinn 06th Aug 2010 15:36

    The Prince visits The King. He seems a very down to earth man and not like most of the royalty figures throughout the world who are very aloof.

    I am sure he enjoyed his visit to Graceland.

  3. by christine 06th Aug 2010 18:36

    Well I can`t say I am surprised, Elvis is as popular if not more popular than he was when he left us. Elvis reigns supreme.