William Willie Wilkerson

January 2, 2012 by staff 

William Willie WilkersonWilliam Willie Wilkerson, This summer will mark another royal wedding. The Queen of Soul announced her engagement to longtime friend William “Willie” Wilkerson in a statement released to the Associated Press Monday. “No, I’m not pregnant,” Aretha Franklin, 69, joked of her upcoming nuptials.

The two became engaged over the holidays. This will be the third marriage for Franklin, who is known for such hits as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools.”

The music legend was previously married to Ted White for eight years before the two split in 1969, and then to actor Glynn Turman, whom she married in 1978 and divorced in 1984.

Franklin has plans to wed on Miami Beach with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht, she told the AP.

“Ms. Franklin is considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown,” a rep for the singer told the magazine.

According to Franklin, she and her new king will wed this June or July.

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