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In the United Kingdom, the Queen of Soul was also honored on Friday at Buckingham Palace, where a military band played "Respect".

It's hard to imagine that Aretha Franklin wouldn't appreciate the Band of the Welsh Guards, dressed in their red coats (ironically matching the glamorous outfit Franklin wore to be laid to rest) and tall bearskin hats, playing "Respect" outside of the queen's residence.

Bill Clinton described himself as an Aretha Franklin "groupie", saying he had loved her since college.

Aretha Franklin's body has been transported from a Detroit museum that hosted two days of public viewings of the Queen of Soul, the next step in a journey leading up to her funeral on Friday. And while no one could claim Hill's rendition of "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" (which Hill has performed many times before) wasn't passionate and honest, it seemed nerves got the better of her Friday.

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Family members, among them granddaughter Victorie Franklin and niece Cristal Franklin, spoke with awe and affection as they remembered a world-famous performer who also loved gossip and kept pictures of loved ones on her piano. The Rev. Al Sharpton read a statement from former President Barack Obama, who wrote that Franklin's "work reflected the very best of the American story". "Now I want y'all to help me correct Donald Trump, to teach him what it means". No, she used to perform for you.

"In the Army Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today's ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit 'R.E.S.P.E.C.T.' a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything".

Franklin died August 16 at age 76.

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