Elvis Presley: The Surprising Age Difference Between the King and Priscilla When They Met

by Clayton Edwards

Elvis Presley was with some of the most beautiful women on the planet. There are plenty of rumors surrounding the King and the women he took home. After all, he could have had his pick. However, only a handful of those have been truly confirmed. He dated Linda Thompson, a beauty queen. She was Miss Tennessee and Miss Tennessee Universe at the time. When Elvis passed away in 1977 he was engaged to Ginger Alden. Both of them were over fifteen years the superstar’s junior. However, the most famous woman in the King’s life was the only one he ever married: Priscilla Presley.

Elvis Presley met Priscilla while he was stationed in Germany during his short stint in the military. The King took a liking to her almost immediately. After he returned to Memphis, Elvis convinced Priscilla’s parents to allow her to move in with him at Graceland.

An Army officer introduced Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu at a party. She was a fan of the King, as most young people were at the time. In the beginning, she was shy. According to Express, she was only a freshman in high school when she met Elvis for the first time.

Upon meeting Priscilla for the first time, Elvis Presley said, “Well, what have we here? What are you, about a junior or senior in high school?” When she revealed that she was only in ninth grade, the King replied, “Why, you’re just a baby.” Thus, the courtship began.

Priscilla was 14. Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, was 24.

Elvis Presley And Priscilla’s Early Days

It didn’t take long for the pair to fall in love. After Elvis Presley returned from the Army, he wanted Priscilla to join him at Graceland. However, there was a little pushback from her parents as well as his father.

In an interview with The Guardian, Priscilla said that her parents met Elvis and Vernon Presley as well as the King’s grandmother before letting the teenager move in with the superstar.

In the interview, Priscilla said that Vernon Presley was the most outspoken opponent of the union. However, he wasn’t concerned so much with the juvenile’s safety. Instead, he worried that Elvis Presley would be the next Jerry Lee Lewis. Lewis was one of the biggest stars in the music industry. Then, he married his 13-year-old cousin and it all but ruined his career. Vernon feared the same thing would happen to Elvis.

When asked if she thought her relationship with Elvis Presley was strange in the early days, she said no. While many of us see the imbalance of power and age difference as being a little less than ethical, Priscilla doesn’t agree. She told The Guardian, “Knowing Elvis, and his kid spirit and his boyishness, no I don’t. I think it would be strange if it wasn’t Elvis.”