Since the pair’s arrival at the Cliveden House Hotel on Friday, Ragland has been by her daughter’s side for the many moments that led up to Saturday’s nuptials. And although she was seemingly unaccompanied, without other friends and family, the 61-year-old fit right in when it came to the royal proceedings — even looking like British royalty herself.
Exiting from the back seat of a Rolls-Royce when she arrived at St. George’s Chapel, the mother of the bride was seen in a custom dress and day coat by Oscar de la Renta. Ragland also had natural locs pulled back underneath her fascinator by Stephen Jones.
Oh are we talking about Doria? Doria Ragland? Style icon Doria Ragland, 61, social worker-turned-best-dressed woman in the United Kingdom with grace and class to spare? Or are we talking about a different Doria pic.twitter.com/eiyc8B6txJ
— Jennifer Kline (@jenniferkayline) May 18, 2018
— Mae (@mmdotk) May 19, 2018
Beyond how beautiful Ragland looked, it was the strong single mothers and black culture that she represented, and how eloquently she did so, that stood out to people around the world. From graceful and poised, to straight-up historic, here are a few of the reactions Ragland received:
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) May 19, 2018
— Latika M Bourke (@latikambourke) May 19, 2018
Doria Ragland was my highlight. She handled an intimidating and lonely moment with such poise and grace. #RoyalWedding
— Jaz Peng (@StackJaz) May 19, 2018
I’m sorry but I am just in love with Doria Ragland – the love and pride in her eyes, her grace and cool under considerable pressure, her vulnerable and beautiful humanity standing out like a lighthouse in a sea of royalty, entitlement and privilege ❤️❤️❤️ #RoyalWedding
— Piers Torday (@PiersTorday) May 19, 2018
And now I must take off my hat, finish my champagne and thank God for #MeghanMarkle and Mother Doria Ragland for bringing class and dignity , gospel music, black history, honor to the slaves and true LOVE to the royal family. It was Faaaaaabulous! pic.twitter.com/PgfGM3pblr
— sheryl lee ralph (@thesherylralph) May 19, 2018
How I admire Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle’s mother. She’s there all alone – not another friend or child in sight – and has represented her daughter (and America, incidentally!) with 100% dignity and class. Lovely.
— Carol Platt Liebau (@CPLiebau) May 19, 2018
I think about what Meghan’s mom #DoriaRagland is experiencing. She’s my age exactly. From being born into Jim Crow era to Buckingham Palace WOW. Of all the stuff your kids can get you into bet she never saw this coming ♀️
— It's Just Me lee (@leele505) May 10, 2018