Aretha Franklin's music, life and impact on the world will be celebrated today starting around 10 a.m.at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, while fellow icons and A-list talent perform and speak in her honor.
The palace's famous changing of the guard took place just before Franklin's funeral was set to begin in the USA - and the Band of the Welsh Guards, which provides music during the ceremony, took the moment to honor her.
Who's speaking: Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Cicely Tyson will be among the speakers.
Several celebrities are expected to pay their respects to the legendary singer by performing musical tributes.
MusiciansStevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and, of the new generation, Ariana Grande, were among those on handto perform in honor of Franklin over the course of the day.
Coverage is already underway.
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But it didn't matter who was or wasn't famous - everyone had come together to say their last goodbyes to a woman and an artist who had such a profound impact.
"In the example she set both as an artist and a citizen, Aretha embodied those most revered virtues of forgiveness and reconciliation", Obama wrote.
Barack called Franklin "one of a kind" and said he and his wife will keep Franklin's family in their thoughts.
Franklin had continued to tour and record intermittently through her final year.
Amid the sadness of these days, Robinson can find uplift - and believes Franklin's legacy is secure. She worked for me on numerous occasions. She stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement, where her music served as a frequent anthem.
A processional of Aretha Franklin's family and other loved ones is filling the aisles of the Greater Grace Temple on Friday morning in her hometown of Detroit. She wore a baby blue dress on Wednesday and a rose gold gown for a viewing Thursday at the Detroit church where her father was the longtime pastor. She said Franklin was extremely supportive of Parks. "I know the world lost the 'Queen, ' but her sons lost their mother, her nieces and nephews lost their aunt". Coalition Rev. Jesse Jackson.