Stars, politicians mourn Aretha Franklin at funeral

By Jennie Matthew

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On the day of the funeral of the Queen of Soul, who died last week, the Band of the Welsh Guards played a version of Respect during the Changing Of The Guard outside Buckingham Palace.

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Aretha Franklin was an all time great at her craft. Sad that she is gone.

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RIP Queen of Soul and thank you for all of the great music you left behind for us to continue to enjoy.

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She was the first woman performer inducted into the Rock'n'roll Hall of Fame. She didn't get that honor by being a choreographed lip-synching dumb sexpot pop tart. Aretha earned her fame and made a difference and she didn't care about image - yes, it was the music. T(w)een girls who really want to get into the music biz should take note and look at Aretha Franklin as a starting point.

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