Lisa Marie died after cardiac arrest at her home on January 12. She was only 54 years old. The singer was buried today at Graceland, her childhood home. The ceremony was followed by a public memorial in the Memphis mansion’s garden. Among close family friends, Axl Rose and Sarah Ferguson shared memories and tributes of her, the many moving comments also including a striking comparison to the Royal Family.
The Duchess of York took the stage and said: “I think it’s time we all fan our flames to celebrate the extraordinary Lisa Marie. It is with great honor that I stand here as we call ourselves Sissy… Sissy, this to you with love. My late mother-in-law used to say that nothing can begin to take away the anguish of these moments because pain is the price we pay for love.”
Fergie also spoke of the way Lisa Marie lost her son Benjamin in 2020 and now Priscilla Prelsey lost her daughter: “Mothers losing children, there are no words for that.”
Wharton said: “Before Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan had Jack, before Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn had ‘Wyatt, before Lennie Kravitz and Lisa Bonet had Zoe, before Pink and Corey Hart had Willow and, yes, before Jay-Z and Beyoncé had Blue Ivy, and long before Harry and Meghan had Archie, right here in this town, our own royal couple, Elvis and Priscilla, had a beautiful bundle of joy named Lisa Marie”.
Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was born on May 6, 2019. His sister Lilibet followed him on June 4, 2021.
Wharton added: “54 years ago, a star shone here at Graceland for the birth of this precious angel. She was and will remain the only daughter born to the world’s most famous father. She was a conduit to the throne, the keeper of the flame. .. she was that special.”
The link to watch the live stream of Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial service is available here.
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