The Queen of Soul received a respectful send-off from the Queen of England on Friday.
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As family and friends prepared to celebrated the life of singer Aretha Franklin in Detroit, Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace as the Band of the Welsh Guards performed a cover of Franklin’s 1967 signature hit, “Respect,” The Daily Mail reported.
Franklin, 76, died from pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16.
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The Army in London’s Twitter account tweeted a video of the Welsh Guards performed at Buckingham Palace, writing that “'Respect for others underpins all we do in the @BritishArmy so it was no surprise that the @WelshGuardsBand paid tribute to musical icon and inspiration #ArethaFranklin at Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace today.”
It was an upbeat farewell performance on a sunny day in London.