Detroit's Greater Grace Temple was packed with her family and friends, who took their spots among star-studded funeral-goers. In London, England, the Welsh Guards played Franklin's signature tune "Respect" outside Buckingham Palace, prior to the routine Changing of the Guard.
Watch the musical tribute in the player above.
The Queen of Soul's funeral is underway.
"She ain't work for you", Dyson shouted over applause.
And some discovered they had a newfound respect for the monarchy.
Many in the pews ignored repeated calls of no phones permitted to take selfies with former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton as they filed in.
The start of the service - meant to begin at 10 a.m. - was delayed.
Her body arrived in a 1940 Cadillac LaSalle hearse.
Lasting just over eight hours, the service at Greater Grace Temple encompassed numerous same elements and emotions that were hallmarks of Franklin's more than six decades on sacred and secular stages.
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Floral arrangements from such singers as Barbra Streisand and Tony Bennett and from the family of Otis Redding were set up in a hallway outside the sanctuary. Granddaughter Victorie Franklin said when she was young, she didn't recognize the fame of a woman others consider music royalty.
David J. Bennett, a lawyer who worked for Franklin, did not respond to messages seeking comment.
The funeral was originally expected to include family, friends, and invited guests only, but the church opened up 1,000 seats for the general public on a first-come, first served basis. Franklin performed at Parks's funeral.
Late Friday, Franklin was laid to rest in a mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place of her father. I really didn't. And, you know, people could see it. "Even when we would fuss".
"We know that she would have wanted nothing but the best", said Sabrina Owens, Franklin's niece who was tasked with planning the funeral in just two weeks. The tribute is a nod to the Queen of Soul's hit "Freeway of Love".
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The forecourt fell silent as former president Bill Clinton began to speak.
Franklin's gold-plated casket was escorted out of the church at 6:45 pm, a simple posy of roses on top, almost eight hours after the service officially began at 11:00am.
Still, the get-down and uplift can certainly coexist.