Elvis Presley met Priscilla Presley (née Beaulieu) in 1959 when she was just 14-years-old in Friedberg, Germany. After a few years of courtship, Priscilla visited Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee before permanently moving in with the King at his manor. Priscilla had settled in by 1963, but they were not to become man and wife for another few years.
Over Christmas 1966 Elvis popped the question and gave Priscilla a stunning engagement ring.
The King gave the young woman a three-carat engagement diamond ring surrounded by 20 smaller diamonds.
Speaking about the event in her own words in 1973, Priscilla said: “Although many people thought our wedding was sudden, Elvis and I had been talking about it in stages.”
She added: “One day he showed me the ring and simply asked me to marry him.” (Via Ladies Home Journal)
But, this engagement was not something she was yearning for at the time.
Priscilla went on to add: “Even though we were perfectly content the way we were, at that time it wasn’t nice for people to live together.”
In the early 1970s it was much more socially accepted for a man and a woman to be married if they were living together.
Considering Elvis and Priscilla had been living together for the better part of four years, both sets of parents were no doubt keen for them to tie the knot.
Elvis was still working hard on spearheading his movie career, which meant he would be gone for weeks or months at a time shooting.
This, Priscilla revealed, was a tough time for her.
She continued: “For Elvis to come home from a trip and leave again was routine. At first I wanted to go along and it was difficult for me to understand why I couldn’t. Sure I was disappointed, but I got over it.
“The times that Elvis couldn’t make an anniversary became a way of life. I may have been hurt, but it’s an adjustment that you make as a wife.”
Priscilla added: “I kept thinking: ‘It’s going to work itself out – We’ll make it somehow!’
“I had to, because if you think: ‘I’m always going to be alone,’ you’ll go crazy.”
The optimistic bride added: “You have to live one day at a time, and hope that things aren’t always going to be like that.”