The Army of London continued:

“In the Army, Respect for others underpins all that we do, so there was only one tune that would do for today’s ceremony: the 1967 Aretha Franklin hit ‘R.E.S.P.E.C.T.’ a declaration from a strong confident woman who knows that she has everything.”

The Queen of Soul was laid to rest Friday in an hours-long funeral service at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. Hundreds of Franklin’s friends, loved ones and fellow celebrities gathered at the church to mourn her death and celebrate her life, with U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, Smokey Robinson, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson and President Bill Clinton among the high-profile performers and speakers.