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Aretha Franklin funeral program released

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Hannah Rogers | 30 August, 2018, 18:31

On the inside of the lid, embroidered into the fabric, read Aretha Franklin The Queen Of Soul.

Her body was delivered in a vintage white Cadillac hearse to the African-American museum in her home town where it will remain for two days.

The pop star asked for a moment of silence so "every single one of us could reflect on our love and respect for her".

Swift's speech came about 45 minutes into her set, and was followed up with a moment of silence for Franklin.

"She was intertwined in all of our lives", she said, adding that her love for the singer "started with "Respect".

She will be joined by the likes of Steve Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar and Chaka Khan.

The daughter of a prominent Baptist preacher and civil rights activist father, Franklin sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Children look at Aretha Franklin posters signed by fans at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on August 29, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

Franklin died Saturday at age 76 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Yesterday, fans strolled by the casket, some in tears; one woman blew a kiss to Franklin, who was surrounded by massive arrangements of roses of different hues.

Mourners attended a public viewing of Franklin's body on Tuesday at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

They found Franklin in a polished bronze coffin and a sheer baby blue dress with matching shoes, a change from the bright red outfit seen on Tuesday across the world. Museum board member Kelly Major Green said the goal was to create a dignified and respectful environment akin to a church, the place where Franklin got her start.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the city's local news stations including WDIV-TV and WXYZ-TV will air Aretha Franklin's homegoing service.

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