Buckingham Palace guard plays 'Respect' to honor Aretha Franklin
© Getty Images

Buckingham Palace honored Aretha Franklin on Friday by having the royal guard play her hit song “Respect” on the day of her funeral.

The Welsh Guard Band, the musical ensemble for the queen of England, played the song during the changing of the guard, USA Today reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

The tribute for the “Queen of Soul” came the same day as Franklin’s funeral at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

The 18-time Grammy Award–winner died of pancreatic cancer on Aug. 16 at the age of 76.

Franklin performed for multiple presidents, including at President Carter’s 1977 inaugural gala and at President Clinton’s 1993 inauguration.

She also sang for President Obama at his 2009 presidential inauguration and at the White House in 2015.

Clinton honored her with the National Medal of the Arts in a 1999 ceremony.

President George W. Bush awarded Franklin the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, in 2005.

Clinton is one of the high-profile speakers at her Friday funeral. Franklin and Clinton were known to be close.

Other speakers include Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), former U.S. Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderTrump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Trump on sharing photo of Rosenstein behind bars: 'He should have never picked a special counsel' If the GOP wants to win, it needs to champion the middle class MORE and Motown star Smokey Robinson.

Stevie Wonder and Jennifer Hudson will also perform.