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She wore a shimmering gold dress, with sequinned heels - the fourth outfit Franklin was clothed in during a week of events leading up to her funeral.

Franklin's white hearse arrived more than two hours before the service was scheduled to start. Projected on the walls were the words "A Celebration Fit for the Queen". At the moment, guests are making their way in and taking their seats as the performances are set to begin soon.

"Walk in the light", the choir members sang as the casket lid was lowered, "the lovely light".

The street outside Greater Grace will be lined with pink Cadillacs - a nod to Franklin's funky '80s tune, 'Freeway of Love, ' which prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.

At her tour stop Tuesday night in Detroit, Taylor Swift brought a hush for a minute of silence remembering Franklin.

One notable couple who won't be in attendance? Through her voice, her own voice, Aretha lifted those of millions inspiring and empowering the vulnerable, the downtrodden, and everyone who may have just needed a little love. There are musical tributes planned from several artists, including Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia and Jennifer Holliday.

Franklin will be honored by various high-profile speakers, including former President Bill Clinton, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Motown star Smokey Robinson, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Detroit Pistons great Isiah Thomas. "She did so much for civil rights". Tyler Perry and Cicely Tyson will also speak Friday as a nod to Franklin's contributions on and off screen to films like The Blues Brothers.

Owens told CNN the funeral service will pay homage to Franklin's gospel roots and her love of the church.

"We knew we wanted to have certain gospel artists like the Williams Brothers and Pastor Shirley Caesar".

Aretha Franklin's public memorial has officially come to a close.

Franklin died August 16 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 76.

"Aretha was my baby", Robinson said. "We will never see another Aretha Franklin again, never".

A processional of Franklin's family and other loved ones filled the aisles.

While most of the funeral plans have been for public benefit as of yet, Owens said Friday's funeral is more a chance for Franklin's family to grieve privately. Her last album, A Brand New Me, was released in November 2017, which paired archival vocal recordings for Atlantic Records with new orchestral arrangements by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


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