Buckingham Palace showed the ultimate respect to the Queen today—the Queen of Soul, that is.
Friday morning’s changing of the palace guard at Queen Elizabeth’s London residence and administrative headquarters was truly something special to behold as Twitter user Chris Botta captured on a video he posted at 4:35 am on August 31, 2018.
The video shows the changing of the palace guard ceremony joined by a military band called the Band of the Welsh Guards—who normally play during the daily ceremony—playing Respect in tribute to the Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin.
Watch it here:
At Changing of Guard at Buckingham Palace this morning, Respect paid to Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/UEKa0ekmf5
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) August 31, 2018
The tribute took place just before Franklin’s funeral was set to start in Detroit.
The Army in London – HQ London District shared video of the performance on their Facebook page as well. In their caption, they wrote:
“THE BAND OF THE WELSH GUARDS PERFORM “R – E – S – P – E – C – T” IN TRIBUTE TO ARETHA FRANKLIN”
“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.”
They also posted the official video on YouTube. Watch it here:
People loved the sassy brassy tribute.
Get funky, Buckingham Guards!
— Debi (@Debi_D_Bryant) August 31, 2018
Music joins us all.
— Lois Hollan (@LoisHollan) August 31, 2018
Her Majesty the Queen rocks!
— Ted S ️ (@TeddiSmith7) August 31, 2018
That gave me goosebumps!
— GloriaK (@slimgirl5000) August 31, 2018
This is a wonderful and surprising tribute to our Queen. Many thanks!
— Debra Daniels (@DebraDa33605621) August 31, 2018
The fact that the tribute came from the home of the Queen in honor of another Queen was not lost on the masses.
From one Queen to another
— Heather Gilbert (@HeatherGilbert_) August 31, 2018
Omg this is awesome! The Queen of Soul getting some RESPECT from the Queen of England!
— callmyownshots (@callmyownshots) August 31, 2018
Took the words right out of my mouth.
— Wellington Wigout (@charlesn898) August 31, 2018
The Queen of England paying her R-E-S-P-E-C-Ts to the Queen of Soul. #ItsAPurseThing
— ☘️ ChuckYou2 (@chuckyoutwo) August 31, 2018
From the Queen of UK to the Queen of Soul. The Sisterhood of Royalty respects.
— Angry Moderate 2020 (@PaulWartenberg) August 31, 2018
And some discovered they had a newfound respect for the monarchy.
My admiration for the Monarchy has risen incredibly by this recognition of the greatest Lady of Soul, Aretha Franklin. #GodSaveTheQueen
— Jeff Garner (@McGuffieLad) August 31, 2018
Wow! Hat's off to the brits! Staggeringly awesome! I hope her family sees this at some point.
— Raymond Murray jr (@MurrayRmjr2654) August 31, 2018
Proud to be British !
— Mugwumps (@JillFuhaid) August 31, 2018
Classy! Go Brits.
— Alta Gasque (@BlackKatAlchemy) August 31, 2018
Thank you for posting this. Made me cry, just because of the thoughtfulness from the other side of the pond!
— JordanTurner (@SMLakeLover) August 31, 2018
The roster for Franklin’s funeral was packed with VIPs lining up to honor her contributions to American music and the civil rights movement. Among the political luminaries were former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Representative Maxine Waters and former US Attorney General Eric Holder.
From the Civil Rights movement were Reverend Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Reverend Al Sharpton.
From the world of entertainment were musical legends Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan and Martha Reeves as well as Broadway stars like Cicely Tyson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lewis and Jennifer Holliday.
Hudson, Wonder, Khan, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Ariana Grande were all asked to perform during the service as well as others.
The event was live streamed on multiple news outlets, watch it below: