The corpse of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Souls, has arrived in Detroit to land thousands of fans gather for the final farewell.
Her body was delivered in an old white Cadillac hearse to the African American Museum in her hometown, where she will stay for two days.
The museum also housed civil rights activist Rosa Parks in 2005.
Detroit, considered the home of soul music, treats Franklin's death as the transition of kingship.
A week of mourning takes place in the city, where fans from the US have dropped out to see the late singer for the last time.
The 76-year-old's body, who died of pancreatic cancer less than two weeks ago, will be seen Tuesday and Wednesday at the Charles H Wright Museum of African American History.
"She's the queen," said Melissa Howard, who flew out of Texas on Monday to pay tribute to her.
"She's royal, she's worth it," she told the Detroit Free Press.
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At the scene ̵
When the sun came up in America's Motor City, the masses were already waiting for a farewell to the Queen of the soul.
Shortly before eight o'clock in the morning a white Cadillac stopped in the African American Museum of the city – a few minutes later a gold box was executed. As she always did, Aretha Franklin arrived in style.
It was not long before fans could break out in a version of Amazing Grace. As the day progressed, crowds patiently waiting for respect would spontaneously sang their favorite Aretha songs.
Here the mood is melodic, not grumpy.
Aretha Franklin was a global superstar whose voice will be remembered all over the world, but she has never forgotten her hometown.
This week, their hometown shows the world, they will never forget it.
The venue was allegedly selected because Rosa Parks was there in 2005 and because he had to accommodate thousands of people.
Friday's funeral at the Greater Grace Temple is for family and friends only, but Chaka Khan, Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder are among those who will sing there.
Former US President Bill Clinton will be among the speakers.
The red lipstick and simple dress she wears look like something the gospel singer would wear on stage and "something she would have chosen for herself," said her niece Sabrina Owens of the Associated Press.
In the lining of her casket in gold threads were the words: "Aretha Franklin, the Queen of the Soul"
The 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse was also used to her father's body, Rev CL Franklin, funeral director O & # 39; Neil Swanson II to transport CNN.
The vehicle also carried the bodies of Rosa Parks in 2005 and Temptations singer D "I was so stunned when we took the body out of the hearse, people in the crowd were tearful and said, 'I love you, Aretha "Mr. Swanson said.
"You really loved her, and she loved Detroit."
He said the coffin in which Franklin rests is gilded 24ct.
"God did not make a better singer and there is no better casket," Mr. Swanson said. "She deserves the very best."
The funeral is expected to be lined with pink Cadillac cars outside, paying homage to Franklin's hit Freeway of Love in 1985.