As the only wife of Rock and Roll legend Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley shared countless unique experiences with the late icon, who passed away in 1977 at the age of 42.

And before the highly-anticipated “Elvis at The O2” exhibition opens in London next month, the 69-year-old is taking time to reminisce about her years with “The King.”

“I remember when I set eyes on him, he was just so kind, so authentic,” Priscilla, who was only 14 at the time, recalls. “I just thought how he was the real deal. Elvis wasn’t putting on any pretense, he never did.”

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The couple married in 1967, and although they divorced only six years later, the actress still has fond memories of the Grammy winner.

“What you saw with him is what you got. Not everyone knows that,” Priscilla reveals. “People know his music, but they don’t necessarily know the real Elvis. I want the world to know he was a lovely, loyal man.”

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And he cherished his many admirers. “You don’t get that with so many musicians or celebrities these days. They don’t value their fans,” Priscilla muses.

A few of the items included in the exhibition are Elvis’ gold lame outfit from 1957, his high school diploma and his wallet with pictures of daughter Lisa Marie inside.

“We are all so proud of him,” Priscilla tells the U.K.’s Daily Mirror. “I can’t wait for others to see what Elvis was really like and understand properly the legacy he left.”