Aretha Franklin's funeral in pictures

The casket of legendary singer Aretha Franklin is moved from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on Wednesday. She died Aug. 16

A Detroit church has swelled with gospel music for the funeral of Aretha Franklin, driving mourners to their feet to clap and sing ahead of tributes to the queen of soul by former USA president Bill Clinton and singer Stevie Wonder.

Other performances at the ceremony include Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

Family members surrounded the Franklin's gold casket as it closed, marking the formal start of her funeral.

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The city has treated her death as the passing of royalty, with Franklin's body laying in repose in the grand rotunda of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for two days of public visitation earlier this week.

"She gave us pride".

Knight's publicist, Jay Schwartz, tells ET that the singer "does not have pancreatic cancer".

Sharpton also took aim at President Trump for saying that Franklin once worked for him.

Troops from the British Army's Household Division performed Franklin's 1967 hit "Respect" for attendants of the annual Changing of the Guards Ceremony on Friday morning.

When asked about the President back in 1994, she described Clinton as "very down to earth, very decent", adding he was "someone who is really trying to pull it off, to get a true democracy". He spoke of the good times they had together, how much he admired her soul and philanthropy - and even played "RESPECT" on his phone held up to a mic.

Ariana Grande belted an Aretha Franklin standard at the Queen of Soul's homegoing in a black dress so short it got the social media choir going. She stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem.

He said, however, that it was a shame that the lines to mourn famous people are long, but lines to vote are so short, lamenting that Trump won MI by so few votes.

Former US President Bill Clinton takes a picture with singer Ariana Grande and her fiancee Pete Davidson at Aretha Franklin's funeral at Greater Grace Temple on August 31, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

Her career spanned decades and she performed for presidents, royals, and the biggest names around the world.

"Nothing sounded better to me than the way my grandma sings", Victorie Franklin said.

Trump, who did not attend Friday's service (Barack Obama and George W. Bush sent letters that were read onstage), said to pool reporters the day Franklin died that "I want to begin today by expressing my condolences to the family of a person I knew well". I wanted to see what the girl was carrying out, " to a wave of laughs and claps from the crowd. "It's the key to freedom!"

Mayor Mike Duggan announced at the service that he meant to have the city's riverfront Chene Park renamed in Franklin's honor.

"She's healthy. Someone must have misinterpreted", said Delgado. "She had the voice of a generation, maybe the voice of a century".

She was carried in a gleaning casket plated in 24-karat gold. The Pink Cadillacs outside refer to a Franklin hit from the 1980s, "Freeway of Love".

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