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The Prince Of Paris (June 17, 1959)


By Josep Rulló / Bob Pakes

The Prince Of Paris top 02While he was stationed in Germany, Elvis Presley visited Paris three times. In this article we will focus on his first trip to The City Of Light, and specifically on June 17, 1959, during which Elvis and his entourage stayed at hotel Prince De Galles (Prince Of Wales).
This article, presented in the form of a photo-folio, is divided in 4 ‘sections’:
1. outside the hotel in uniform
2. outside the hotel in casual wear
3. in the hotel lobby (including the press conference)
4. with Nancy Holloway at the Moulin Rouge
While browsing the images in this article, click the PLAY button to listen to a short interview with Elvis from the same day:
(Duration: 02:04 mins.)




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40While attending a show at The Moulin Rouge, Elvis accepted the star of the show’s invitation to please meet him backstage afterwards. Nancy Holloway is an American singer who was very popular in France around the time Elvis was there (and in the 60’s as well).
According to Mrs. Holloway’s WEBSITE , the meeting took place on June 14th. But Elvis was still in Munich on this date (en route to Paris) and the actual meeting was on the 17th.
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HERE is some rare moving footage from this day. We can see Elvis shaking hands in the lobby of the hotel, and also during the press conference.
And HERE is some amazing color footage of Elvis signing autographs on the Champs Elysees.
Courtesy of, and many thanks to:
Do yourself a huge favour and check out Keith’s incredible site!




Paris books upgradeApart from in some of the brilliant army books about Elvis’ time in Europe, the photos in this article can be found in these specialized (and highly recommended!) photo books:
Elvis In Paris 1959 (1986)
Ären Med Elvis (1992)
Elvis à Paris (1st edition, 1999)
Elvis à Paris (2nd edition, 2007)
Rare and cool 8mm film-footage of Elvis in Paris can be found on:
Soldier Boy 53 310 761 (dvd)
Elvis In Paris (enhanced CD)
Military Tour Of Duty 1958 -1960 (dvd)
To army-days-expert E-Cat for his help.




8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Alexander #

    One of the best online representations of Elvis’ time in Paris, thanks Bob. Great read!

    April 26, 2014
  2. Craig Philo #

    Superb without question, brilliantly put together.

    September 18, 2015
  3. Bobo Solognot #

    On the rare color footage taken in Paris, in June 59,

    Elvis is spotted from 00:18 to 00:39 during daytime ;

    but the beginning of the movie focuses on a sidewalk café, the night before (probably on the Champs-Elysees) ;

    from 00:39 to the end, the movie focuses on Parisian girls crossing the Alexander III bridge over the river Seine.

    March 9, 2016
  4. FrenchGuy #

    Amazing work about the first visit of Elvis to Paris.
    Congratulations, but above all, many many thanks ! What a pleasure to look at these pictures in this size.

    March 9, 2016
  5. Bobo Solognot #

    Again, on the rare color footage taken in Paris, in June 59 :

    It seems, after deeper analysis, that the beginning of the movie was not taken the night before but early in the morning on that same day, although certainly on the (very) shady side of the street.

    March 12, 2016
  6. Maureen Hall #

    Does anyone know the name of the girl with Elvis outside the Hotel?
    She is in a white dress with black stripes. It’s driving me crazy. Thanks.

    March 15, 2016
  7. Robert #

    This is minute-to-minute fantastic material. Well done Josep / Bob, both thumbs up.
    Happy New Year!

    January 2, 2017
  8. Kris Frangleton #

    Wonderful material, thankyou

    October 12, 2017

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