Thousands of friends, family, fans, celebrities and dignitaries will pay their last respects to Aretha Franklin, Queen of Souls, August died of pancreatic cancer.
Franklin is buried in a 24ct gold plated Promethean solid bronze coffin. The interior is finished with champagne velvet. Franklin's title "Queen of the Soul" and her name "Aretha Franklin" are embroidered in the coffin with gold metallic thread.
Franklin's body reached the Greater Grace Temple this morning in Detroit in a white 1940 LaSalle hearse. The private funeral, which will be recorded live, is scheduled to begin at 10:00 CET.
The Cadillac three-speed vintage two-door LaSalle is the same vehicle used for the Reverend C.L. Franklin, father of the Queen of the Soul, in 1984; David Ruffin, baritone for the Temptations, 1991; and Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Icon, 2005.
Speaker: Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson and more
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Lines form early
Very early on Friday morning lines were created for today's funeral. Most mourners came in church clothes and carried folding chairs.
People who lined up for an early place in line last night were pushed into the middle of the line after the police forced the crowd to organize themselves from a residential street] "I was last night since 8:30 am here, we were here, and they pushed us back, "said Debra Demmings, 63, from Minneapolis.
Although the service is limited to family members, friends, and select guests, you can watch it live on usatoday.com. Multiple broadcast networks will also broadcast live video.
Church Prepared for the Funeral
Police officers with dogs walked around the church at 7:00 pm thereafter Nurses, musicians and some VIPs came to church.
Among them was Elaine Steele, the longtime spokeswoman for Rosa Parks. She said Franklin is very supportive of Parks.
"It was the biggest, it was not just ours, it was ours," Steele said. "We held our heads up and stuck our breasts for their genius and willingness to share it."
Network news teams from NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News are on platforms alongside the church's side entrance along with set-ups for local news agencies.
Celebrities and Dignitaries Will Honor the Queen
Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande are among the many performers who perform at the funeral, including Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson.  Franklin is honored by several high-profile speakers, including former President Bill Clinton, former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Motown star Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Detroit Piston's great Isiah Thomas.
Following the funeral, Franklin will be buried next to deceased relatives at Woodlawn Cemetery, including her father, Rev. CL Franklin.
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