Elvis Presley: Graceland share how fans could tell if The King was home or not | Music | Entertainment
At Buckingham Palace in London, people know if The Queen is at home by spotting if The Royal Standard flag is up. However, if the Union Jack is flown instead, that means the monarch is not in residence. Interestingly, there was a similar way fans of The King of Rock and Roll could know if Elvis Presley was home at Graceland or not.
Elvis Presley lived at Graceland from 1957 until his death 20 years later and fans would often be hanging around the gates trying to catch a glimpse, photo or even autograph.
And during a recent virtual live tour of Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex just across the road, our guide shared just how you could tell if The King was in residence or not.
The tour included a look at Elvis’ incredible car collection and archivist Angie Marchese said how those vehicles in use would be stored in the carport at Graceland.
She said: “Back in the day if you were ever at the gates of Graceland and you saw the cars around the front of the mansion, that meant Elvis was home.”
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Another highlight on the tour was seeing the last car Elvis drove just hours before his death on August 16, 1977.
It was his 1973 Stutz Blackhawk III, which he used to drive himself to the dentist just before midnight.
Even though he was a huge star, Elvis didn’t like being chauffeured around that much.
Instead, The King was much more likely to be driving his friends and family to wherever he needed to get to.
Next year sees the release of the upcoming Elvis movie biopic from Baz Luhrmann.
And no doubt star Austin Butler will be driving around some impressive cars to reflect The King’s love of automobiles.
The new film also co-stars Tom Hanks as Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Elvis is released in cinemas on June 3, 2022.