Saying Good Bye to The Queen of Soul :: Aretha Franklin

Aretha's Franklin Funeral

Recent tributes to Aretha Franklin are culminating Friday in the answer to one question: How do you lay a queen to rest?

It was what drew the crowd to Detroit's Greater Grace Temple on Friday morning to honor the "Queen of Soul," who died August 16 at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Franklin's funeral was a star-studded gathering, and the pews were packed with fellow musicians, famous actors, religious leaders and politicians, including a former US President.

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Franklin's open casket was placed at the front of the church as mourners streamed by in

advance of the service. As they passed by, they saw the singer's body dressed all in gold, with a long sequin gown and high heels to match her gleaming gold casket.

Projected on the walls were the words "A Celebration Fit for the Queen."