You know it's official when the Queen of England shows you love. Today, to observe the Homegoing Celebration of the Queen of Soul, Queen Elizabeth showed the ultimate gesture of respect. During the changing of the guard, onlookers were treated to the Royal Band's rendition of Aretha Franklin's most popular hit song. "Respect".
"The Band of the Welsh Guards performed a cover of the 1967 hit during the ceremony outside Buckingham Palace in central London as a tribute to Aretha, who died from pancreatic cancer aged 76 on August 16.
The song offered an unusual twist to this morning's traditional ritual - which, as the name suggests, marks the moment Queen Elizabeth II’s Guard hands over responsibility for protecting the palace to a new set of guards.
The Army in London's Twitter account tweeted a video of the performance, writing: 'Respect for others underpins all we do in the @BritishArmy so it was no surprise that the @WelshGuardsBand paid tribute to musical icon and inspiration #ArethaFranklin at Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace today.'"
Today, the world paused for nine hours while we celebrated the life of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the Homegoing Celebration fit for a Queen. Take your rest, well done.