Funeral Service ‘Fit for the Queen’ Held for Aretha Franklin

Funeral Service ‘Fit for the Queen’ Held for Aretha Franklin

Funeral Service ‘Fit for the Queen’ Held for Aretha Franklin

Franklin looked resplendent in a crimson dress and matching high heels in her gold casket during the first day of a public visitation at Detroit's Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

After the funeral, Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, alongside late family members including her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

The cars are a reference to her song, "Freeway of Love", in which she sings: "We goin' ridin' on the freeway of love in my pink Cadillac".

Afterward, performances from celebrated singers such as Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan were scheduled along with speeches and readings from others.

Speakers include Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, city council president Brenda Jones, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former president Bill Clinton, Al Sharpton, Tyler Perry, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, and more.

Franklin's body arrived at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit earlier this morning in a white 1940 LaSalle hearse.

Aretha Franklin had admirers all over the world, but she made Detroit her home.

Aretha Franklin's public memorial has officially come to a close.

Ever the diva, Franklin's outfit was the third "costume change" over the course of her several viewings since her death on 16 August: this final time, a rose gold gown.

Although the service is limited to family members, friends and selected guests, you can watch it streaming online.

Greater Grace's Bishop Charles Ellis III says he wants all - even the famous - to leave with a "spiritual awakening". "We're gonna miss her". "This is not a concert, this is not a show, this is not an awards production". "We were just cool all of our lives, and we stayed in contact, and we talked all the time up until she was no longer able to do that a few weeks ago". "Death is a part of life".

Sharpton read a letter from former President Barack Obama, who honored Franklin's legacy and her impact on the country.

He added: "And hopefully, a lot of people here with money and fame and influence and friends and notoriety and wealth, hopefully they will think of their mortality and say there is something bigger than fame".

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