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Aretha Franklin funeral – ‘Queen of Soul’, With Legs Crossed, Laid To Rest

Mourning fans lined up for a last glimpse of the Queen of Soul on Tuesday as singer Aretha Franklin’s hits played from loudspeakers outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, where her body will lay in repose ahead of her funeral.

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outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in Detroit. The hearse transported the gold casket of Aretha Franklin

The Detroit diva was transported to the museum in a classic white LaSalle Sedan as part of a regal send off.

(TMZAretha Franklin‘s casket just arrived for a public viewing in Detroit — where the Queen of Soul will lie in state for a couple of days — and massive lines are already starting to form.

Crowds swarmed and lines stretched around the block of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Tuesday morning to catch a glimpse of Aretha and pay last respects to the legendary singer.

Her body was on display in an open casket … surrounded by a beautiful floral arrangement. And her legs were said to have been crossed at the ankles, to remember someone who was comfortable with being a strong woman.

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Franklin wore scarlet lip stick and ruby high heels and was dressed in red which was symbolic of her membership in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, which fights for the rights of African American women. Meanwhile its ornamental elements and sheer netting fabric paid homage to something she would wear onstage.

Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece, who was among those organising the event, confirmed the dress was “something she would have selected for herself”. She said: “After all she gave to the world, I felt we needed to give her an appropriate send-off that would match her legacy. “She loved the city of Detroit and the city of Detroit loved her.”

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Earlier this morning, the hearse with Franklin pulled up, giving the public its first look at the casket Franklin is resting in. It’s a solid bronze Promethean casket with a 24-karat gold plate, Swanson Funeral Home confirmed on Tuesday.

The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin’s title, “Queen of Soul,” and her name “Aretha Franklin” are embroidered in the casket with gold metallic thread.

We broke the story … there is going to be a plethora of big music acts performing at Aretha’s memorial Thursday, including names like the Four TopsRon Isley and many, many others.

CNN says this is a copy of the program for her funeral service Friday at Greater Grace Temple … where Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson, among many others, will perform. Aretha died earlier this month of pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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