Aretha Franklin's funeral fit for a queen

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On the same day that the Queen of Soul is being laid to rest in Detroit, the men who guard the Queen of London played their own tribute to Aretha Franklin.

"Everybody just point over there and tell her, "We got your back!'" said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, which the audience shouted in Waters" direction.

Stevie Wonder performed a virtuoso harmonica solo and a rendition of his hit "I'll Be Loving You Always".

"Music was the highlight of Franklin's epic funeral - Fantasia performed gospel song "Precious Lord, Take My Hand", while Ariana Grande, clad in a short black dress, delivered the 1967 hit "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".

"She lived with courage - not without fear but overcoming her fears".

Famous singer Gladys Knight, who attended Aretha Franklin's funeral service, is suffering from pancreatic cancer. "I don't know I guess I put my arm around her", Ellis said.

She added, "I send my love to the entire Franklin family and my gratitude to them for sharing such an extraordinary person with us".

"She's brought joy to millions of lives and her extraordinary legacy will thrive and inspire many generations to come".

The museum also hosted civil rights activist Rosa Parks's viewing in 2005.

16 at 76 after a pancreatic cancer battle.

Franklin's funeral service was invite-only, but the first 1,000 fans were allowed in for the historic event.

Franklin, loved not only for her powerful voice but her civil rights work, was dressed in a different outfit for each of three days of public viewings, visited by thousands in her MI hometown. "We really celebrate because we really recognize that those we call the dearly departed, they wouldn't want for us to cry and be sad and sorrowful".

"In the example she set both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation", Obama wrote. Her friend Greg Mathis, the reality show host and retired MI judge, recalled his last conversation with her.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the ceremony that Franklin will be honored with the renaming of riverfront concert venue Chene Park to Aretha Franklin Park.

"I'm sad today, because I'm losing my friend". The "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" singer told local station WDIV that she and Franklin "had the same disease", but according to her rep, that's not the case.

In a statement read by civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, Mr Obama said the singer was "truly one of a kind" and her music "captured some of our deepest human desires, namely affection and respect". "You showed the world God's love, and there's nothing more honorable".

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