May 18, 2024

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Aretha Franklin’s public viewing in pictures: Emotional fans pay final respects to the Queen of Soul, Photo report

Thousands of mourners have been paying their last respects to the Queen of Soul as the singer’s body lays in repose ahead of her funeral on Friday. Aretha Franklin’s fans have been paying their final respects to the Queen of Soul on Tuesday during a two-day public viewing.

The iconic singer’s body was displayed in an open, gold-plated casket, while her 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 on Friday.

She was transported to the museum on Tuesday morning in a vintage white Lasalle and passed by hundreds of fans who had stayed up all night to see her and be the first to pay their respects to the singer.

The soul star, who was surrounded by flowers, was dressed in a striking red cocktail dress and matching red stilettos.

“Forever Our Queen,” a banner at the museum read.

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