|THE ROYALS AND THE KING
December 17, 2015 - Elvis Express Radio
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As long time listeners will know, we here at Elvis Express Radio don't usually run stories that involve those pesky IMPS, but this tiny tale is a little different....
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales' paid a visit to Pen Y Dre High School in Merthyr Tydfil on Thursday, but it was not your average Royal visit as the Prince had no idea just how
much fun he was going to have.
But pupil Rhys Berry did. The 16-year-old is a year 11 student who impersonates Elvis Presley in venues across Wales, and for this VIP booking, Rhys didn't hold back.
First, Rhys' cheeky routine had Charles trying to stifle giggles. Then, the next in line to the throne appeared not sure where to look as those famous Elvis gyrations grew increasingly
raunchy as he rocked through 'Suspicious Minds'. And finally, Prince Charles was seen laughing uproariously as the audience burst into spontaneous applause.
A clearly delighted Rhys said afterwards: "I do it all the time - it's like a talent show. Everybody knows Suspicious Minds. It was great. I never thought I would perform in front of
Royalty, though.". Speaking after the applause died down, Prince Charles thanked Pen y Dre pupils for their hard work.
When asked if he enjoyed the performance, Prince Charles added: "I'm glad to see Elvis' memory is alive and well with young people."
This isn't the first time the Royals have indicated a penchant for the occasional bit of Elvis, the King.
Her Majesty the Queen has been brilliantly paired up with a moody sultry Elvis from Flaming Star on the cover of an early
copy of the Elvisly Yours Magazine (issue No. 2) which was ultimately banned in the UK. But that's not the only association
that Her Majesty has to Elvis.
During the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012, we were given all sorts of little known facts about Her Majesties
private life and one great bit of news was that one of her all time favourite records is Elvis' live laughing version of 'Are You
And then there's another Royal Elvis connection, the future King of England, Prince William, Prince Harry and other
members of the Royal family paid a visit to Graceland where they later commented on how much they had a new found
respect for Elvis and his legacy within the world of entertainment.