Memphians hope to catch glimpse of Will and Harry

MEMPHIS — It's royal wedding time in Tennessee.

No, Harry hasn't found a sweet southern belle to marry -- but he is in town for the nuptials of his pal Guy Pelly, who will tie the knot with native Memphian, Holiday Innheiress Lizzy Wilson Saturday evening.

The wedding ceremony is taking place at the Memphis Hunt & Polo Club in east Memphis, not far from the private residence where Prince William and Prince Harry are staying for the weekend.

Royal fan Danny Harp, 15, traveled from Nashville and staked out his spot outside the Hunt & Polo club around noon, complete with Union Jack flag and a souvenir book from Will and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding. "It's very exciting to see these people who are seas away normally this close to home," he explains.

Laura Fenton, 27, and her mother, Rochelle, 58, decided to re-purpose their Kentucky Derbyhats as wedding attire and join the crowd. But this is not their first royal rodeo. "For William and Kate's wedding, we got up at 3 a.m. and had a party," recalls Laura. "We had fancy china and my mom printed off the royal schedule of events." Rochelle chimes in: "I made tea sandwiches and we bought a little cake with a bride topper." They don't expect to see much -- "probably just the black SUVs and the motorcade," predicts Laura, "but that's closer we would ever be to British royalty."

According to The Daily Mail, the reception following the nuptials is a costume party that will see guests dressed up in fancy gear. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by The Jimmy Church Band, set to get the party started at 8 p.m. local time.

The wedding ceremony follows days of pre-nuptial celebrations, including a dinner Thursday night for 175 guests at the city's most famous BBQ joint, Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous, and a private tour of Graceland, which the princes and a large group of wedding guests enjoyed Friday.

Tomeeka White, 40, who watched the princes grow up, has been "kinda, sorta" stalking them during their time in Memphis. She had to miss the Rendezvous sighting but came out to the Hunt & Polo Club, explaining, "I want to see them -- just a glimpse."

The brothers' cousins Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie are also in Memphis for the wedding. They spent Thursday night drinking on Beale Street with friends from the bride and groom's inner circle.

The royals' presence in Memphis has drawn some excitement from locals, though nothing close to the mania surrounding William' and Kate's wedding or the birth of their son Prince George last summer.

Still, it's an exciting change of pace in the Tennessee town, says Rebecca Adams, who stood outside the Rendezvous Thursday night with her husband Zane to catch a glimpse of the princes.

"It's once in a lifetime," she says. "We're in the presence of the royals."


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