Aretha Franklin's casket moved from museum that hosted viewings

Aretha Franklin

Her body arrived at the Greater Grace Temple in a white hearse and gold-plated casket, reports The Associated Press, dressed in a sparkling gold gown and sequined heels.

Since Franklin's August 16 death at 76, Owens said a close group she described as "Aretha's angels" have "worked tirelessly" and have been guided by a single question: 'What would Aretha want?'

Franklin will be honored by various high-profile speakers, including former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Motown star Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas.

The former secretary of state was seen embracing and holding hands with the "God Is A Woman" singer as they exchanged words we only wish we were privy to.

The Obamas praised Aretha Franklin as "truly one of a kind" who inspired millions through her music in a letter read by the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Queen of Soul's funeral on Friday. Opting to celebrate the accomplishments in her life rather than dwelling on her departure, the family enlisted a bunch of big names from Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill and The Clark Sisters to Ariana Grande. Yet the Queen of Soul's final send-off certainly will encompass many elements, emotions and grand entrances that were hallmarks of her more than six decades on sacred and secular stages.

As the last of Franklin's family members took their seat, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, who is officiating the service, asked the congregation to stand and applaud them.

At her tour stop Tuesday night in Detroit, Taylor Swift brought a hush for a minute of silence remembering Franklin.

The Queen of Soul will be laid to rest on Friday in a star-studded service. "We were just cool all of our lives, and we stayed in contact, and we talked all the time up until she was no longer able to do that a few weeks ago". "She worked for us".

A processional of Franklin's family and other loved ones filled the aisles.

Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece, said she started putting thoughts to paper about events earlier this year as her aunt's health failed.

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