Aretha Franklin: Buckingham Palace plays 'Respect' to honor late music icon

Buckingham Palace honored Aretha Franklin on Friday noon by having the royal guard play her hit song 'Respect' on the day of her funeral in Detroit


                            Aretha Franklin: Buckingham Palace plays 'Respect' to honor late music icon

While in Detroit thousands have gathered to pay tribute to the legendary 'Queen of Soul,' Aretha Franklin, the military band in Buckingham Palace played 'Respect,' to honor the late musician who died on August 16.

Known as The Queen's Guard, the musicians were clad in their uniforms of scarlet jackets and the familiar tall fur hats to strike up the song during the changing of the guard, the tourist-pleasing ritual at the palace. The Friday noon tribute came when it was dawn in Detroit on the day of Franklin’s funeral at Greater Grace Temple.

Spectators who gathered to watch the regiment perform the changing the guard ceremony cheered and applauded the song made famous by Franklin — whom the band called a "huge influence and inspiration to our musicians."



 

This only resonates with Aretha Franklin’s global impact.

The ongoing funeral ceremony in Detroit is attended by legendary musicians and a former president Bill Clinton. 

At the funeral service, Ariana Grande delivered a blissful performance of the departed Queen of Soul's song 'Natural Woman.' The ceremony is also going to feature Jennifer Hudson, Faith Hill, Fantasia, Jennifer Holliday, Chaka Khan, and Franklin's own son Edward.

The casket containing the remains of soul music icon Aretha Franklin is carried into Greater Grace Temple for the singer's funeral on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Dozens of musicians and dignitaries are scheduled to either speak or perform at the singer's funeral, including former President Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, and Cicely Tyson.(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The casket containing the remains of soul music icon Aretha Franklin is carried into Greater Grace Temple for the singer's funeral on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Dozens of musicians and dignitaries are scheduled to either speak or perform at the singer's funeral, including former President Bill Clinton, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson, and Cicely Tyson.(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

As she was laid to rest, after succumbing to pancreatic cancer, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit at a three-day viewing earlier this week, devoted fans from all over the country lined up to see Franklin, resting in a gold coffin and dressed to the nines for her send-off.