By now you’ve heard the Royals spent the weekend in Memphis, and it sounds like they had a jolly good time. They were in town for the wedding of Guy Pelly and Memphis native and Holiday Inn heiress Elizabeth “Lizzy” Wilson. The Memphis Hunt and Polo Club hosted both the wedding and the reception. The night before, the princes attended the rehearsal dinner at Memphis Country Club.
We checked out their itinerary and approve. But you don’t have to be royalty to experience The River City. Here’s 5 ways to do Memphis like a King—either the monarch or rock and roll version.
It might feel as obvious as visiting Buckingham Palace, but it’s just as imperative (and the princes did their duty). When you travel in a foreign land, you pay respects to its royalty. In Memphis, that means visiting Graceland and taking in those imperial jumpsuits. Grab a peanut butter and banana sandwich and make your visit even more stately by renewing your vows in the on-site wedding chapel. (Note to Harry: keep this in mind when it’s time for you to walk down the aisle.)
Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous
The princes swapped fish and chips for BBQ at Rendezvous. They followed in the footsteps of Frank Underwood–the most popular fictional Southerner at present–by forgoing the fancy for the filling and dining on ribs from this BBQ institution, open since 1948. Some of the servers have been there for the past several decades, so make sure to ask them for the inside scoop on what to order or even who has sat at your table. Who knows. Might be a royal.
The Beatles are great and all, but when you’re in Tennessee, it’s only right to soak in the music that makes the region so famous folks will move there from Amsterdam to play the blues. PEOPLE reports that Prince William took that attitude to heart, jumping on stage as the Tennessee-based Jimmy Church Band belted out a cover of “Shout” at the wedding reception. He even invited the band to come play in England. Sounds like a heck of a cultural exchange.
South Main Street
The princes were in town for a wedding, so it makes sense that shopping wasn’t on the to-do list. It’s a shame, because Memphis’ South Main Street sports some of our favorite boutiques. If you’re in town, be sure to visit the knightly Sir Samuel’s, a boutique clothing store that looks like a dress shop crossed with a speakeasy. It’s stocked with elegent dresses for women and vintage sports coats and neckties for men. And grab some art at 477STORE, the gallery shop at the Memphis College of Art.
The Other English
English as they might be, the boys didn’t have time to visit any of Chef Kelly English’s restaurants or hit a Grizzles game, two aspects of Memphis that shouldn’t be overlooked and often go hand-in-hand. Even so, the princes’ itinerary gets a seal of approval from The Daily South, and it’s one we highly recommend to anyone who has the great fortune to visit Memphis.