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While family, friends, and fans bid farewell to Aretha Franklin at her homegoing service in Detroit, Michigan today, the U.K. also paid tribute to the Queen of Soul by playing “Respect” during the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
This morning, the Band of the Welsh Guards performed the musical tribute ahead of the time Franklin’s funeral was set to start in the states. Watch the tribute below.
Along with the video, the Army in London posted this caption:
“The Band of the Welsh Guards are world famous for their musical versatility and professional performance and this morning paid tribute to another musical icon and one that has been of huge influence and inspiration to our musicians – Aretha Franklin, whose funeral was being held in Detroit 3,748 miles away, at the same time of the Queen’s Guard Change.
In the Army Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today’s ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’ a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything.”
If anything, this is a reminder that Aretha Franklin’s music will continue to transcend age, genre, time and culture.