'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin funeral at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit

Aretha has returned home

Flowers sit atop the casket during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin at Greater Grace Temple, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in Detroit. In London, England, the Welsh Guards played Franklin's signature tune "Respect" outside Buckingham Palace, prior to the routine Changing of the Guard.

She sang the hit again at Aretha's funeral, but fans were left outraged when the Bishop appeared to get a little too close to her during the ceremony.

Aretha Franklin's funeral opened Friday with a spirit that would have made the "Queen of Soul" proud.

Many in the pews ignored repeated calls of no phones permitted to take selfies with former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as they filed in.

Franklin, long ago dubbed the Queen of Soul, died August 16 at age 76 after a long bout with pancreatic cancer.

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Her body arrived early Friday in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse. Although she suffered personal hardships, sorrows and tragedies, Aretha remained one of America's iconic gifts to the world. She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequined heels - the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral. Franklin's father was a prominent minister who organized one of the largest civil rights marches in Detroit.

Franklin was dressed head to heel in red for her first public viewing on Tuesday, a nod to her membership in the sorority Delta Sigma Theta.

"Even though you knew over the last couple of months that she was sick and you knew this day was coming and you thought you would be prepared for it - but now that it's here it really is overwhelming", he said.

Franklin's son Edward also sang Marvin Gaye's Mercy, Mercy Me; while her niece Cristal remembered the aunt who "taught me bad shopping habits" and "chartered a bus so our family could go to President Obama's inauguration".

Gospel music was the backbone, and the heart, of Aretha Franklin's homegoing service.

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The Pink Cadillacs outside refer to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love". I grew very fond of what has become my favorite Aretha Franklin's song to date.

CORLEY: There was a who's who with big names in music, sports and politics - The Clark Sisters, Ariana Grande, former basketball star Isiah Thomas and former President Bill Clinton.

The Motor City is sending the Queen of Soul off in style.

The tribute took place just before Franklin's funeral was set to start in Detroit.

Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan Jennifer Hudson are among those paying tribute through music.

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Franklin's gold-plated casket was escorted out of the church at 6:45 pm, a simple posy of roses on top, almost eight hours after the service officially began at 11:00am.

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