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To the screams of adoring fans, the royals began their visit with a taste of authentic Memphis barbecue at the legendary Rendezvous Restaurant downtown. To the screams of adoring fans, the royals began their visit with a taste of authentic Memphis barbecue at the legendary Rendezvous Restaurant downtown.
Prince William and Prince Harry arrived in Memphis Thursday evening for a weekend of events to celebrate a friend's wedding. Prince William and Prince Harry arrived in Memphis Thursday evening for a weekend of events to celebrate a friend's wedding.
MEMPHIS, TN -
(WMC) - There was a lot of royal excitement leading up to the event that brought Prince William and Prince Harry to Memphis. They had two days to experience some of the Mid-South's most famous landmarks. 

Prince William and Prince Harry arrived in Memphis Thursday evening for a weekend of events to celebrate a friend's wedding. But before nightclub owner Guy Pelly and his bride Lizzy Wilson tied the knot, the two princes took in some Memphis landmarks.

To the screams of adoring fans, the royals began their visit with a taste of authentic Memphis barbecue at the legendary Rendezvous Restaurant downtown.

During their down time they stayed at a lavish mansion near the wedding venue.
 
On Friday it was on to a different mansion. William, Harry and friends got acquainted with Memphis Royalty; a chance to see how the King of Rock lived during a private tour of Graceland mansion.

Friday night it was on to the rehearsal dinner at Memphis Country Club.
    
Finally, it is the big night for the royals to make their appearance in the wedding of a native Memphian. 

Saturday has been a busy day for Princes William and Harry. WMC Action News 5 has the only video of this motorcade leaving a private property near Herb Parsons Lake early Saturday afternoon.

 Lake visitors could not believe what they stumbled upon.

"I'm out for an afternoon ride and I come across all these black SUVs. I'm thinking,'What in the world is going on,'" said neighbor Gary Dowd. "Very cool."

It is believed the royals were on this shuttle leaving a home on Fisherville Road. They may have been on a hunting excursion, as gun shots could be heard during the hour and a half when they were there.

"I really wish I had my camera ready. How often do you see royalty?," said visitor Katalin Dismukes.

At Memphis Hunt & Polo Club, Chopper 5 captured even more exclusive images: rows of chairs lined up for the wedding, and an arch appears to be the alter where Memphian and Holiday Inn Hotels heiress Lizzy Wilson will marry London nightclub owner Guy Pelly, a longtime pal of the princes.

There is also a stage set up nearby and a luxurious setup - a tent with cozy seating all around.

Law enforcement, including canine units, screened the grounds to make sure it's safe for the royals. WMC Action News 5 pulled Chopper 5 from overhead so the wedding party can have a quiet ceremony.

Royal watchers are still camped out at the Memphis Hunt & Polo Club, still hoping to catch a glimpse of Princes William and Harry. The neighbors tell they are excited about what this is doing for Memphis.

"I think it's great for my girls to bring them out here and see a part of history," said neighbor Mac Vickers.

The Jimmy Church Band posted on their website that they will perform from 8 p.m. to midnight at the club for Pelly and Wilson.

"I think it's fantastic for the city. All the attention. It's been a crazy weekend with Music Fest going on and this as well," added Vickers.

The wedding festivities are in full swing and the moment that brought royalty to Memphis is happening. Chopper 5 caught the arrival of Prince William just before 6 p.m. He entered the grounds and walked to the area where the wedding was scheduled to take place.

Black SUVs circled the parameter of the grounds, clearly doing all they can to keep the royals safe.

The reception will begin at 8 p.m. and the band will hit the stage for what the Brits are calling the party of the century.

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