Elvis Presley's daughter and his ex-wife thrilled fans by joining them for a candlelit vigil on Wednesday night to mark the 35th anniversary of The King's death.

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Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley joined fans at the graveside of Elvis, 35 years after his death

Lisa Marie Presley and her mother Priscilla turned out to greet thousands of Elvis devotees who flocked to the late star's Graceland mansion in Tennessee to pay their respects in what has become an annual event.

It marked the first time Lisa Marie and Priscilla have joined in the vigil, which ran throughout the night and into Thursday morning. Pictures here...

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They both thanked fans for their devotion and Lisa Marie revealed why she had never joined in before, telling the crowd, "I've always avoided this because I felt that it would be too emotional, but I really felt it was important to come down here tonight. I love you very, very, very much."

Priscilla added, "This is something that Elvis would never, ever have believed could have taken place here."

Presley died on 16 August 1977 after suffering a heart attack at the age of 42.

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  • (FILES) Rock'n roll legend Elvis Presley

    (FILES) Rock'n roll legend Elvis Presley shows his sergeant insignia on February 14, 1960 in Friedberg, Germany, during his military service. Elvis spent 17 months in Friedberg, Germany, between October 1958 and March 1960 as a GI. Elvis Aaron Presley was born 08 January, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi and was found dead 16 August 1977 from a drug-induced heart attack in his bathroom at Graceland, a colonial estate in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Undated picture of US rock star Elvis Presley, born in Tupelo Mississipi on January 8,1935 and dead 16 August 1977 in Memphis. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STF/AFP/Getty Images)

  • FILE - This 1972 file photo shows Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, during a performance. Digital Domain Media Group announced Wednesday, June 6, 2012 that it is creating a Presley hologram for shows, film, TV and other projects worldwide, including appearances. Digital Domain is linking with Core Media Group, which handles various brands, personalities and properties. (AP Photo, file)

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    FILE - In this undated file photo released by NBC-TV, singer Elvis Presley is shown in concert in the later part of his career. On June 6, 2012, Digital Domain Media Group announced it was creating a hologram Presley for shows, film, TV, and other projects worldwide, including appearances. Permission was granted from Elvis Presley Enterprises.(AP Photo/NBC-TV, FILE)

  • Elvis Presley in a promotional photo for Jailhouse Rock released by MGM on November 8, 1957 (PA)

  • Elvis Presley photographed during a promotional shoot for his first role in a film 'Love Me Tender' (PA)

  • Elvis Presley photographed during a promotional shoot for new film 'King Creole' (PA)

  • Elvis Presley. Circa 1962 (PA)

  • Elvis Presley is shown in a U.S. Army uniform (PA)

  • American rock and roll legend Elvis Presley smiles after he is promoted to army sergeant at the U.S. Army Unit's maneuver headquarters in Grafenwoehr, Germany in this Feb. 11, 1960 file photo. A belt worn by Presley during his 1972 performance in Honolulu has been auctioned for $66,000, more than six times the auction estimate. The belt was among several celebrity items that were sold to bidders in an interactive auction held Saturday in New York by Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions. (AP Photo/File)

  • Elvis Presley poses by his Christmas tree at home in Memphis, Tenn., in 1960. (AP Photo)

  • Elvis Presley poses by his Christmas tree at home in Memphis, Tenn., in 1960. (AP Photo)

  • Singer Elvis Presley, 21, takes his pre-induction written examination as he is processed for the U.S. Army in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 4, 1957. (AP Photo)

  • Elvis Presley is shown in uniform at company D 1st Battalion 32nd U.S. Army Armour at the barracks area in Friedberg, Germany, 1958. (AP Photo)

  • Elvis Presley photographed during a promotional shoot for new film 'Flaming Star' (PA)

  • South African dancer and actress Juliet Prowse and Elvis (PA)