Aretha Franklin honored at Buckingham Palace by British Army during Changing of the Guard

The life of Aretha Franklin is being celebrated today in Detroit, at what is already described as a legendary memorial service. Earlier today, the British Army paid tribute to the late singer during the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London.

From the British Army:

Crowds attending the Changing of the Guards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace this morning were treated to more than the usual respect by the troops from the British Army's Household Division.

The Band of the Welsh Guards are world famous for their musical versatility and professional performance and this morning paid tribute to another musical icon and one that has been of huge influence and inspiration to our musicians – Aretha Franklin, whose funeral was being held in Detroit 3,748 miles away, at the same time of the Queen's Guard Change.

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.

Aretha Franklin honored during Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace [Jenni Fink/Newsweek][Photo: Wikimedia Commons]