Prince Albert of Monaco visits the King of Rock

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - August 5, 2010

The couple took a tour Thursday of Graceland, the 38-room mansion where Elvis Presley died in 1977 and is buried.

The prince says he always wanted to visit Graceland and calls Elvis an "extraordinary figure."

He says: "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."

Prince Albert and fiancee Charlene Wittstock are on a vacation tour of the United States. They came just before "Elvis Week," a series of events to mark the anniversary of Presley's death on Aug. 16.

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