Aretha Franklin: To Honor A Queen's Funeral, Buckingham Palace Plays 'Respect'

Vincent Street wipes down the casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit Wednesday Aug. 29 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP

Vincent Street wipes down the casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit Wednesday Aug. 29 2018. Franklin died Aug. 16 2018 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. (AP

Franklin died at her Detroit home on August 16 from pancreatic cancer.

Her body was on display in her native Detroit, drawing thousands of fans to pay their respects.

Recent tributes to Aretha Franklin are culminating Friday in the answer to one question: How do you lay a queen to rest?

Seated behind the singer was former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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Floral arrangements from singers such as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of the late Otis Redding, whose "Respect" Franklin transformed and made her signature song, were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary.

Chaka, a storied singer in her own right, told press she was nervous about her performance.

She definitely did just that.




Clinton ended with this praise of Franklin: "You should remember in this time about this magnificent woman".

Her Friday funeral also included a motorcade of pink Cadillacs, an idea that came from Crisette Ellis, the wife of the pastor at Greater Grace Temple Charles Ellis III in Detroit, where her funeral took place.

Though it sounds like a breach in royal etiquette, if Friday's memorial says anything, the family certainly did not hold that against her.

Among those performing tributes for Franklin, aside from Grande and Wonder, will be Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday. 'Trump said she used to work for me.

A processional of Aretha Franklin's family and other loved ones is filling the aisles of the Greater Grace Temple on Friday morning in her hometown of Detroit.

"Thank you for Aretha: She charmed us, she thrilled us, she entertained us, she inspired us, she motivated us, she helped us, she blessed us, one and all".

"We really haven't had much of an opportunity to have private moments", Owens said. "She's an icon herself".

Both Clintons were longtime fans of Franklin's - and the former President had invited her to perform many times during his tenure in the White House.

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