What a moving tribute!
From Ariana Grande to Stevie Wonder, a slew of entertainers has paid tribute to Aretha Franklin since the Queen of Soul passed away two weeks ago. And now you can add the military band at Buckingham Palace to that list.
As the music icon was laid to rest in Detroit on Friday, Aug. 31, the U.K. military band, the Band of the Welsh Guards, paid tribute to Franklin from across the pond. The stirring performance took place on Friday morning during Buckingham Palace’s famous Changing of the Guard.
Listen to the Band of the Welsh Guards’ cover of Franklin’s “R.E.S.P.E.C.T” in this video posted by the Royal Family:
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.