published Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Memphis mayor: City ready if British royals visit for wedding

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    Britain's Prince William and Prince Harry leave the London Clinic in central London after visiting their grandfather, Prince Phillip, who was recovering after exploratory abdominal surgery in June 14, 2013.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

MEMPHIS — There's nothing confirmed, but Tennessee is abuzz with speculation whether Princes William and Harry will travel to Memphis for the weekend wedding of a friend.

A C Wharton Jr., mayor of this Tennessee city famous for Blues music, says Memphis is ready to host the British royals should they decide to attend what he describes as a strictly private affair. But he has given no official indication whether they actually planned to show up at Saturday's wedding.

A busy weekend looms in Memphis with the start of the annual Memphis in May tourism event and The Beale Street Music Festival kicking off.

Wharton says any visit by British royals would be good publicity for Memphis and he's been deluged by calls already about the possibility.

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