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Sarah Ferguson quotes her former mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, in memory of her friend Lisa Marie Presley.
Ferguson, 63, spoke at Presley’s Graceland Memorial Service on Sunday to “celebrate the extraordinary Lisa Marie” at an event filled with her closest loved ones.
The Duchess of York said, “We used to call each other ‘wimps,’ so I’m very honored to be standing here.
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“Wimp, this is for you with love,” Ferguson continued. [that] Grief is the price we pay for love, so we can say that we can begin to take away the anguish and pain of these moments. ”
Her official duties took place on the front lawn of the Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, as family member Priscilla, daughter Riley Keough, half-brother Navarone Garcia, ex-husband Michael Lockwood, and 14-year-old twin daughters Finley and Harper. was broken Her late son Benjamin’s girlfriend, Diana Jay, all supported Lisa Marie. Elvis’ only daughter died on January 12 after being taken to a Los Angeles hospital for possible cardiac arrest at the age of 54.
“We see Priscilla as Lisa Marie’s mother, and we look at Lisa Marie and say, ‘You lost your son,'” Ferguson said of Presley’s son Benjamin, who died in 2020. Today we talk about action Action is how we can move forward and we can light the flame For Riley, Harper and Finley and the whole family, we are here to support you Move forward We are all with you… just reach out and we’ll be there. I will always be there
Ferguson then read a poem written for his late father by George Frost, son of British television journalist David Frost. “I lived my life and enjoyed every second of it. But as it was, another life beckoned,” she read. And I wish you all that my light shines, stay in the sunshine and never rest in the shade, do not curse my absence, for this light you evade I live in a smile, the moon, the stars, the sky And when I see you fly, I feel eternally proud And I’m at a loss as to what to do For our beloved children.Have a wonderful time..”
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The Duchess of York previously toasted Presley last week in memory of her deceased friend. In it, Fergie called her a “sissy” and promised that she would “keep greeting you every day.”
“You were my wimp, a wonderful mother to Ben, Riley, Harper and Finley, and a very loving daughter to Priscilla,” wrote Ferguson. , I am here for your family to support and love them.”
She added, “I am deeply saddened for my wimp. You are in my heart.”
Around daily mailFergie and Presley are believed to have met in 2009, the same year Presley attended her 50th birthday party in London.
Elvis’ daughter died earlier this month after Austin Butler won a Golden Globe Award on Jan. 10 and played her father in the Baz Luhrmann movie named after him. Butler gave a special hello to Presley’s family on stage at the event, saying “his heart was completely broken” after her death.
“I am eternally grateful to have been fortunate to be near her bright light. I will forever cherish the quiet moments we shared,” the actor said in a statement shared to PEOPLE. rice field.