On Sunday, January 8, Lisa Marie Presley made her first public appearance at Graceland in years. The 54-year-old was attending a special 88th birthday celebration for her father, Elvis Presley, on the mansion’s front lawn. Just two and a half years earlier, she had lost her 27-year-old son Benjamin Keough, who committed suicide and is now buried by her grandfather in the Meditation Garden. After thanking fans in a short speech and cutting the cake, Lisa Marie had a private moment in the family cemetery next to the mansion. There she told her friend David Kessler that one day her son would bury her there, but she tragically clarified: “I still have a lot to do.”
Lisa Marie then flew home to Los Angeles to attend an Elvis birthday party with her eldest daughter, Riley Keough, Elvis movie star Austin Butler, and director Baz Luhrmann. The next day, she attended the Golden Globes to support them, along with her mother Priscilla Presley and Memphis mob member Jerry Schilling.
When Butler won Best Actor in a Drama, he said how much he loved Elvis’s daughter, who was clearly on the verge of tears. Tragically, just two days later, following these events in which fans worried about her health and noted that she was slurring her words, Lisa Marie suffered two cardiac arrests and died in the hospital a week ago.
Now his public memorial service will take place on the front lawn of Graceland, exactly two weeks after when and where he gave a speech on Elvis’ 88th birthday. The Memphis Mansion has now announced livestream times and information for fans in attendance physically and virtually.
Posting a photo of Elvis’s only child on social media, Graceland wrote: “Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 22 at 9:00 a.m. [3pm GMT] at Graceland. In addition to family and friends, the public is invited to attend… For those unable to attend the service in Memphis, it will be available to view online via Graceland’s Livestream page.”
On the mansion’s official website, a statement continued: “Lisa Marie’s memorial service will be held on Graceland’s front lawn. Fans will gather on the north lawn of Graceland Mansion, adjacent to the center field seating area that will be reserved for Lisa Marie’s family and friends. Access to the North Lawn will be standing room only, on a first-come, first-serve basis, as space allows.” Fans who attend will also be able to visit her grave after her in a special procession from the Meditation Garden.
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Graceland continued: “After the memorial service, all fans can join a procession to Meditation Garden, where Lisa Marie and her family have been laid to rest, and then return through the main gates. All guests on the North Lawn will be able to join the procession following friends and family. EPE staff will be available to orient fans in the north field. Fans unable to access North Lawn for the service due to capacity will also be able to join the procession. To participate in the procession, you MUST be in line in front of the aircraft terminal no later than 11:00 am. No one will be able to join the queue/procession line after this time.”
More information on parking, access to the service, tours, security and advice on flower placement is available on the official website here.
The link to watch the live stream of Lisa Marie Presley’s memorial service, which begins at 2:50pm GMT on Sunday, January 22, is available here.
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