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
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."
Respect for others underpins all we do in the @BritishArmy so it was no surprise that the @WelshGuardsBand paid tribute to musical icon and inspiration #ArethaFranklin at Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace today. @RoyalFamily #ArethaFranklinFuneral #RESPECT pic.twitter.com/ho7fvjEuMh— The Army in London (@ArmyInLondon) August 31, 2018
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.
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.