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It’s only right we celebrate the Queen of Soul with a four-day home-going.
The first day of public viewing was taken place at the Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit where Aretha Franklin was resting in a solid bronze Promethean casket plated in 24-karat gold. She was presented in a red dress with lace altered by Swanson along with Christian Louboutin 5-inch patent leather pumps.
“She is presented in a way that reflects her life and legacy,” Swanson says. “She is indeed, resplendent in repose, as a queen should be.”
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On the second day, the late singer wore a powder blue sparkly dress with open-toed silver sparkling shoes. And according to sources, Franklin is expected to have more outfit changes leading up to her funeral on Friday.
In more news, the official program for the funeral has been released and it will be a six-hour event filled with performances. The funeral will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit which is open to only family and friends. The details include bible readings, prayers and personal remarks. There will also be an all-star lineup of performers including Stevie Wonder, Fantasia, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson and more!
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So far speakers confirmed include Smokey Robinson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Clive Davis and President Bill Clinton. Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. of Atlanta’s Salem Baptist Church will deliver the eulogy.
Although the funeral is scheduled to end at 3 p.m. it may run longer.
The Friday service will air on television. Viewers can also view online on WBLS.com.
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