LONDON, ENGLAND (BRITISH ARMY) – The Band of the Welsh Guards played a ‘Respect’-ful tribute to Aretha Franklin%20Franklin&redirect=yes">, the Queen of Soul, on the day of her funeral on Friday (August 31).
Franklin died this month at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.
She began her musical career as a child singing gospel at the city’s New Bethel Baptist Church, where her father, C.L. Franklin, was the pastor, famous for his hypnotic sermons.
The city has treated her death as the passing of royalty. Franklin’s body laying in repose in the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History’s grand rotunda for two days of public visitation earlier this week.
Her coffin is to be entombed on Friday in Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery near the remains of her father; her brother, Cecil Franklin; and her sisters, Carolyn and Erma Franklin.