To mark the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, tens of thousands of fans gathered outside Graceland got a once-in-a-lifetime surprise Wednesday evening.
The former King of Rock and Roll’s former wife and daughter – Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley – attended the candlelight vigil and the music icon’s estate in Memphis, Tenn.
The mother-and-daughter duo has mostly avoided the media circus surrounding the death that has become an annual celebration of everything pertaining to Elvis, but the personal loss is still painful for them.
"I've always avoided this because I felt that it would be too emotional, but I really felt it was important to come down here tonight," Lisa Marie, 44, told the crowd, according to the Associated Press. " But I really felt it was important to come down here tonight. I love you very, very, very much."
It was the first time Priscilla and Lisa Marie had appeared together at the annual Graceland vigil, which is attended by loyal Elvis fans.
According to the newspaper, Elvis’ ex-wife and daughter stood side by side as they were on an elevated stage that was in front of the large crowd.
"You should see this from our point of view. It's amazing," Priscilla Presley said. "The candles are lit. It's truly a sight to behold."
After suffering a heart attack, Presley died and was buried on the grounds of the compound. Elvis would be 77 if he were still alive.
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