Aretha Franklin decked in powder blue outfit for second day of viewing ahead of tribute concert and final funeral
The 'Queen of Soul' was dressed in red on the first day with a lace ruby gown and Christian Louboutin heels
The undisputed 'Queen of Soul', Aretha Franklin, underwent a wardrobe change even as the public continued to celebrate the late singer's life. The two-day open casket public viewing of the body started on August 28 and fans thronged the Charles H. Wright African American Museum in Detroit, Michigan, to pay their respects.
Franklin's body was dressed in red on the first day with a lace ruby gown and Christian Louboutin heels. She also had matching red nails and lipstick to complement the look. When mourners arrived at the museum for the second day of the public viewing, August 29, they observed that the music legend had been given a makeover and was now decked in a powder blue dress with matching stilettos.
The icon's body will be moved to the New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father used to be the pastor earlier, on August 30 for a private visitation before the final funeral service takes place on August 31 at the Greater Grace Temple. Following the service, she will be laid to rest at the city's Woodlawn Cemetery.
Officials from the Swanson Funeral Home were the people handling the outfit changes and Linda Swanson, the owner, told the Detroit Free Press that fans can look forward to two more outfits for Franklin that have been picked by her family. The dresses have also been chosen to make sure the legend is "resplendent in repose, as a queen should be".
Late Aretha Franklin Was Dressed in Powder Blue in Second Outfit Change for Last Public Viewing https://t.co/nj425vRSQz— People (@people) August 30, 2018
Franklin was known to love her furs and extravagant jewels. She is also set to be given a tribute in the form of an all-star memorial concert at Chene Park Amphitheater with her close friend Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, and Angie Stone set to be included in the roster of performers. Ariana Grande has also been added to the list and she will be joined by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, and Faith Hill.
While the entire city of Detroit is gearing up to celebrate the life of the great musician on August 31, the highlight is that there are scheduled to be more than 100 pink Cadillacs lined up along the road of the church where her funeral is set to take place.
The cars are a tribute to one of Franklin's Grammy-winning hit songs 'Freeway of Love', which is beautifully crafted and a perfect song while driving. Franklin sings in the chorus: "We're going riding on the freeway of love / In a pink Cadillac."
Crisette Ellis owns a pink Cadillac and is the one who came up with the idea of the congregation of vehicles along with her husband, who is the pastor at the Greater Grace Temple. They took inspiration from police officers lining up squad cars for the funerals of their fallen colleagues. Ellis said: "My husband said, 'Wouldn't it be awesome if we could have a sea of pink Cadillacs parked on Seven Mile Road to greet Ms. Aretha Franklin as she arrives?'"
Ellis is an independent national sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics, which is the company that gifts its top sellers with pink Cadillacs. She had appealed to people across the country earlier to make the 'Freeway of Love' tribute for the singer a reality.
She said: "They're coming from everywhere. They are coming from as far as Texas; Omaha, Neb.; Florida; North Carolina; Maryland." When the numbers were last tallied, Ellis said that around 130 pink Cadillacs were said to make an appearance including some classic ones from the 1960s. The plan is to line the cars on blocks in each direction from the church. Ellis said: "So any car, or any of the limousines, will literally come through a tunnel of pink Cadillacs."
The final ceremony on August 31 is set to be streamed online and broadcast live on TV. Franklin tragically passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer on August 18. She was 76-years-old.