May 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM ET
Memphis hasn’t heard this kind of shrieking from royal fans since the king — Elvis, that is — lived in town.
This time around, it's British royalty holding court. Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and his younger brother, Prince Harry flew across the pond and hit Tennessee to attend the swanky wedding of a good friend this weekend.
The two princes stopped in downtown Memphis on Thursday night to enjoy some barbecue at famed restaurant Rendezvous, where they met up with the groom-to-be, Guy Pelly. The London nightclub owner arrived with his fiancée, Holiday Inn heiress Lizzy Wilson.
Outside the eatery, fans gathered to get a glimpse of the royal duo.
"What are the chances that they would show up while we're here?” said an excited Diana Pajewski, who was visiting from Detroit. “Maybe they knew we were coming.”
Both princes traveled solo. William came without his wife, Duchess Kate, while Harry recently split from his longtime girlfriend, Cressida Bonas.
The wedding reportedly will be held at the exclusive Memphis Hunt and Polo Club, although details of the event have been kept under wraps in what was being called the city's worst-kept secret.
“I cannot officially confirm this visit,” Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr., said, although he acknowledged his city is no stranger to “royalty."
"The queen of soul, Aretha (Franklin) was born in our city," he noted, adding the "King of Rock," Elvis Presley, and the "King of Blues," BB King, also have called Memphis home.