Priscilla Presley gets her camera out for some Vienna sightseeing as she is set to be billionaire Richard Lugner’s star guest at the 66th Opera Ball
Priscilla Presley was spotted out sightseeing in Vienna on Tuesday ahead of her appearance at the 66th Opera Ball.
The former wife of Elvis Presley, 78, is set to attend the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera house on Thursday as the star guest.
But before her ball appearance Priscilla made her way around the city with her camera, accompanied by Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner, 90 who has selected her as his guest.
Priscilla donned a chic ensemble for her day of city dwelling, pairing a vibrant floral blue and white shirt with a cropped black blazer.
She completed the look with a pair of high-waisted boot-cut trousers and leather boots, while sporting aviator sunglasses.
Priscilla Presley was spotted out sightseeing in Vienna on Tuesday ahead of her appearance at the 66th Opera Ball
Ahead of her ball appearance, Priscilla went sightseeing accompanied by Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner, 90, who has paid her to be his guest this year (pictured)
She was sporting a floral blouse and a smart navy look for her outing
While carrying around a chic leather handbag, Priscilla was snapped giving a thumbs up as she got into a taxi.
The Vienna Opera Ball [Wiener Opernball] is a spectacle which sees 5,000 glamorous guests don their best attire.
The upper echelons of politics, business and society are invited to indulge in an evening of champagne buckets – where the opera house is transformed into a giant ballroom.
A tradition of the event is to have a celebrity guest in attendance, with Priscilla the chosen star for 2024.
Past star guests paid by Lugner to attend as his guest have included Kim Kardashian, Goldie Hawn, Pamela Anderson and Lily James, with Jane Fonda taking the place as last year’s invitee.
American actor Jane said she accepted the Austrian building tycoon’s invitation to attend the Vienna Opera Ball because he offered to ‘pay me quite a bit of money.’
Debutantes from across the world take to the ballroom floor in white gowns to perform an opening procession, accompanied by their partners in black tails and white waistcoats. In 2022, the ball had its first same-sex couple – two women from Germany.
Lugner — nicknamed ‘Concrete’ due to his roots in the building trade — famously called Kim Kardashian ‘annouying’ after she and her mother Kris Jenner attended as his double date to the bash in 2014.
The former wife of Elvis Presley, 78, is set to attend the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera house on Thursday as the star guest
While carrying around a chic leather handbag, Priscilla was snapped giving a thumbs up as she got into a taxi
Priscilla donned a chic ensemble for her day of city dwelling, pairing a vibrant floral blue and white shirt with a cropped black blazer
Kim claimed she fled the event because she was reportedly offended following a reported racial slur from a guest.
After the ball, Lugner claimed he branded the star ‘annoying’ because she would not dance with him despite being paid a jaw-dropping $500,000.
But Kim claimed she was approached by a white male who was working at the event in ‘blackface’ and began to mimic her fiance Kanye West, which was why she ran away.
Despite calling the Vienna Ball ‘super glamorous’, Kim admitted she had been already suffering anxiety largely because the event was ‘super claustrophobic’.
Then reality TV cameras then caught her shock at seeing the guest in blackface calling out ‘Kim I’m here’ – clearly pretending to be Kanye.
Priscilla’s outing ahead of the ball comes after she paid an emotional tribute to late daughter Lisa Marie on what would have been her 56th birthday on February 1.
Lisa Marie died aged 54 on January 12 2023 – with Priscilla sharing a poignant snap of the pair in Lisa’s teenage year as she marked her birthday.
Jane Fonda was greeted by Austrian entrepreneur Richard at his last glitzy event because, she says, he offered to ‘pay me quite a bit of money’
She wrote: ‘I miss you “Yisa”. You would have been 56 today. Still young at heart and yet an old soul. Mom.’
In the photo a smiling Lisa Marie – sporting blonde hair – embraces her beloved mother.
The daughter of Elvis Presley was rushed to hospital on January 12 2023 after going into cardiac arrest – with an L.A. County Coroner report revealing the star died from sequelae (a condition which is the consequence of a previous disease or injury) of small bowel obstruction.
The book, currently untitled, was completed with the help of actor Riley Keough, the eldest of Lisa Marie’s four children.
‘Few people had the opportunity to know who my mom really was, other than being Elvis’s daughter,’ Riley said in a statement released Thursday by publisher Random House.
Priscilla paid an emotional tribute to late daughter Lisa Marie on what would have been her 56th birthday on February 1
Lisa Marie died aged 54 on January 12 2023 – with Priscilla sharing a poignant snap of the pair in Lisa’s teenage year as she marked her birthday (pictured together with Lisa’s daughter Riley Keough in 2015)
‘I was lucky to have had that opportunity and working on preparing her autobiography for publication has been a privilege, albeit a bittersweet one.
‘I’m so excited to share my mom now, at her most vulnerable and most honest, and in doing so, I do hope that readers come to love my mom as much as I did.’
Riley said on Instagram: ‘I’m honored to help put my mother’s book out for her. Her autobiography will be out in October with @randomhouse and you can pre order it now with the link in my bio. ❤️ Lisamariebook.com.’ She also shared a flashback photo with her mother.
The book is scheduled for release on October 15, 2024.