His only child, Lisa Marie Presley, was just nine years old when Elvis Presley died of a heart attack at his Graceland estate in August 1977.
Lisa Marie, while still young, soon discovered the scale of her father’s fame as crowds gathered outside Graceland to give the King of Rock and Roll their last respects.
Thousands of fans were allowed into Presley’s home on the day of his funeral to catch one last glimpse of the late pop legend.
Before the funeral was open to the public, however, Presley’s family took time to say farewell to him privately. During this quiet moment, little Lisa Marie put a special parting present in her late father’s casket.
Thousands of fans were lining up outside Graceland to see Elvis Presley’s body
One of the biggest superstars in the world, the death of Presley shocked fans around the country.
Many rushed to the Graceland estate to pay their last respects to the singer after it was announced that he had died at the age of 42 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.
While the family of Presley wanted privately to perform the funeral and burial, his father Vernon overrode everyone and insisted on a public service so that fans would have the opportunity to say goodbye.
Thousands of people gathered outside his beloved Graceland on the day of the singer’s funeral to see his open casket. The line for viewing extended for miles, according to news, and people waited for hours in 90-degree heat to catch a glimpse of the late icon.
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But before fans were allowed into the house to pay the “Hound Dog” singer their last respects, Presley’s close friends and family were given a private moment to say goodbye—and it was during this period that Presley’s nine-year-old daughter, Lisa Marie, made a very special request to Robert Kendall, the funeral director.
Lisa Marie Presley had to cover her precious farewell to her father
Lisa Marie asked Kendall if she could give her father one last present that he could still carry with him, while the rest of the Presley family paid their last respects on the day of his funeral.
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“Mister Kendall, can I give this to my daddy?”Mister Kendall, can I give this to my dad?
While it was a nice gesture, Priscilla, the mother of Kendall and Lisa Marie, was afraid that someone would take the bracelet as a souvenir and tried to dissuade the little girl from putting the accessory in the casket of Elvis.
Lisa Marie, however, was eager to give her father the ring, and Kendall finally decided to let her leave her gift behind. Then he went to the casket with little Lisa Marie and asked her where she wanted the bracelet. She pointed to a right wrist of her own. Kendall then raised the right arm of Elvis and placed the jewels on his wrist.
Priscilla Presley asked Kendall to conceal the bracelet under Elvis’ shirt sleeve as Lisa Marie left the room, to prevent anyone from stealing it.
The public was invited inside Graceland to say a final farewell to Elvis after the bracelet was out of sight.
It was estimated by those who attended the event that more than 30,000 people went through the house to pay tribute to the King.
Although viewing hours have been extended, not even half of those waiting outside have been able to pay their respects. The processional path to the cemetery where Presley was to be buried was later lined by an estimated 80,000 individuals, however.