Priscilla Presley Engagement Ring: The Big Rock from the King of Rock
Priscilla Presley Engagement Ring: Priscilla married the king of rock and got quite a rock herself: a 3.5 carat engagement ring surrounded by 21 smaller diamonds. For all of you who have waited a long time to get a ring from your man, you probably didn't wait as long as Priscilla. The courtship leading up to their marriage took place over an 8 year period. Of course, the lengthy courtship may have been due in part to Priscilla's age. She was only 14 when she met Elvis.
Priscilla's family was stationed in West Germany at the same time as Elvis during his period in the United States Army. Priscilla's step-father was an officer in the U.S. Airforce. Priscilla and Elvis met in 1959 at a party at Elvis' off-base residence in Bad Nauheim, Germany. Elvis slowly convinced Prisclla's family that she should live with his father and step-father at the back of Graceland. Reluctantly, Priscilla's parents agreed and Priscilla enrolled in the Immaculate Conception School in Memphis. Slowly but surely, Priscilla spent more and more nights with Elvis.
The pair was married in a civil ceremony in a suite at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas on May 1, 1967. Elvis wore a black silk tux and cowboy boots. Priscilla donned a beaded silk gown that she designed herself coupled with a three foot veil and rhinestone crown. The ceremony was short and sweet and was only attended by a handful of family and friends. The breakfast reception that followed had 100 guests present. At the reception, the two danced to "Love Me Tender" and served a 6 tier wedding cake.
Soon after they were married, the couple had a daughter together, Lisa Marie Presley, in February of 1968. In an interesting twist of fate, Lisa Marie Presley was briefly married to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Unfortunately, the Priscilla and Elvis's marriage was fleeting and the couple divorced in October of 1973 and were granted mutual custody of their daughter. Lisa Marie split her time between Graceland and Priscilla's home in California. Elvis blamed himself for the divorce and felt as though he was traveling often and away from home too frequently. Several years after the divorce, Elvis died at the age of 42. After Elvis' death, Priscilla took control of Elvis Presley Enterprises and built it to the organization it is today. One of her missions in life is to keep Elvis's legacy protected and intact.
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