Updated Aug 31, 2018

The world says goodbye to Aretha Franklin

A black-and-white photo of Aretha Franklin singing.

Photo: Leon Morris/Getty Images

The funeral service for the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is under way in Detroit today, two weeks after passing.

The latest: Former President Bill Clinton arrived in Detroit Friday morning to speak at her funeral. Across the pond, "Respect" played at Buckingham Palace during the changing of the guard.

The details: Franklin is wearing "a long sequin gold gown and gold high-heels to match her gold casket" for Friday's service at Detroit's Greater Grace Temple, reports CNN.

  • Notable attendees include Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, pop star Ariana Grande, Rev. Jessie Jackson, and Hillary Clinton, among several others, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • Other speakers include Rev. Al Sharpton and former Attorney General Eric Holder, with performances by Faith Hill, Yolanda Adams, Jennifer Holliday, The Clark Sisters.


Men carry Aretha Franklin's casket.
The reamins of Aretha Franklin arrive for her funeral service at the Greater Grace Temple. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
New Bethel Baptist Church prepares to receive Franklin's remains. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Rev. Jesse Jackson shakes the hand of a young boy.
Rev. Jesse Jackson greets fans of Aretha Franklin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Edward Franklin
Edward Franklin, Aretha's son, speaking at her funeral. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
Eric Holder
Former Attorney General Eric Holder speaking at Franklin's funeral. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
Singer Chaka Khan performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Former President Bill Clinton plays an Aretha Franklin song from his phone while he speaks at the funeral. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Fans of soul music icon Aretha Franklin watch the singer's funeral on a giant screen outside Greater Grace Temple. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Singer Ron Isley performs at the funeral for Aretha Franklin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Family members of Aretha Franklin embrace after sharing stories of the late singers life. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
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