Priscilla Presley has been keeping the memory of her deceased ex-husband alive for 37 years now. She still cherishes the time she was married to him and the way she got to see him like no one else did.
Priscilla was the force behind opening up Graceland to the public in 1982. She did it to help keep him on the minds of his fans, young and old, as well as to help pay for the costly upkeep.
Next month, Priscilla Presley is lending some of his greatest personal items to an exhibition in London’s O2 arena. She tells the Daily Mirror that she is excited to share the real Elvis with old fans and new ones.
She recalled the first time she set eyes on the King of Rock ‘n Roll, when she was only 14, and fell in love.
“I remember when I set eyes on him, he was just so kind, so authentic,” says Priscilla.
She continued, “I was just a teenager at the time and I was in Germany, he was signing autographs.”
“I just thought how he was the real deal, Elvis wasn’t putting on any pretense, he never did. What you saw with him is what you got. Not everyone knows that, people know his music but they don’t necessarily know the real Elvis, I want the world to know he was a lovely, loyal man.”
Priscilla Presley claims that the love of her life was very different than his modern counterparts.
“You don’t get that with so many musicians or celebrities these days, they don’t value their fans, so I want to share with the world what he was really like.”
This is a special occasion since Elvis’ personal items have never left his Graceland estate until now.
Priscilla said of Elvis at The O2: The Exhibition of His Life, “I’m very excited about it, we have been wanting to bring an Elvis exhibition to England for some time. Some of these exhibits haven’t been seen before. Elvis will be so happy, he always thought his British fans were so supportive, he had a special love for them.”
Priscilla added, “He would talk about them since the day I met him, what the support meant for him. He took nothing for granted. Elvis even made a scrapbook himself, filled with pictures of the fans, he never forgot them. He felt very attached to Britain.”
Britain is sure to be a little more attached to Elvis and Priscilla Presley after this exhibition!