Virtually 50 years in the past, Linda Thompson began courting Elvis Presley for a 4 12 months interval between 1972 and 1976. Now the 70-year-old has shared some touching pictures from Christmas collectively at Graceland. They embody Elvis’ diamond-encrusted cross she designed for him and Lisa Marie opening her presents in entrance of her father.
Linda wrote on her Instagram: “Throwback Thursday to some pictures of Christmas at Graceland with Elvis.
“The primary photograph is of our first Christmas collectively, and he had given me this coat – together with a fantastic platinum and diamond ring that I discovered within the coat pocket at his urging…
“He had taken the diamond from one in every of his rings and had it mounted within the lovely ballerina ring he had designed and made for me.”
Elvis’ former lover then went on to share simply how beneficiant The King was.
Linda added: “In fact Christmas at all times jogs my memory of Elvis’s beneficiant spirit and sensitivity to this particular time of 12 months.”
The King’s cousins reiterated simply beneficiant Elvis was at Christmas in a video from a few years in the past.
Showing on the Memphis Mafia Child YouTube channel, Elvis’ cousin Billy Smith, his spouse Jo and their son Danny remembered being invited over to Graceland for an annual all-night Christmas Eve social gathering.
An off-the-cuff affair, the Memphis Mafia would benefit from the meals laid out across the mansion, whereas their youngsters ran round taking part in tag.
And when it got here to current giving, Billy mentioned: “His generosity spoke for itself.”
Elvis would hand out jewelry, fur coats, automobiles and at all times cash to his internal circle.
Jo added: “All people bought a Christmas bonus as a result of he wished to ensure everyone’s household had Christmas.
“He was like that each one 12 months lengthy, however at Christmas, it was simply particular. It’s unforgettable.”