Princess Eugenie’s Wedding Gown Proudly Showed Off Her Scoliosis Scar

Princess Eugenie of York married her partner of eight years Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle last night. And as you can expect, all eyes were on the bride.

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Ninth in line to the throne, Princess Eugenie wore a beautiful gown from the label Peter Pilotto by designers Pilotto and Christopher De Vos. Breaking from tradition, a veil was not worn however the princess did don a magnificent tiara – the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara on loan to her from the Queen. 


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Per the BBC, the designers were asked to craft a dress which would proudly feature Princess Eugenie’s scoliosis scar. Scoliosis is an abnormal curve of the spine that can be straightened by surgery.

Earlier this week, Princess Eugenie hinted her wedding dress would be open-back in an interview with British breakfast programme, This Morning:

“I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday [at the wedding], but it’s a lovely way to honour the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” she said.

“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”

On International Scoliosis Awareness Day in July earlier this year, the princess shared x-rays of her spine with her followers for the very first time.

In 2002, at the age of 12, Princess Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis. She was told that she needed corrective surgery, one that would take eight hours so the surgeons could insert eight-inch titanium rods into each side of her spin and one-and-a-half inch screws to the top of her neck.

“After three days in intensive care, I spent a week in a ward and six days in a wheelchair, but I was walking again after that.”

In her reflection Princess Eugenie wrote:

“Without the care I received at the RNOH I wouldn’t look the way I do now; my back would be hunched over. And I wouldn’t be able to talk about scoliosis the way I now do, and help other children who come to me with the same problem. My back problems were a huge part of my life, as they would be for any 12-year-old. Children can look at me now and know that the operation works. I’m living proof of the ways in which the hospital can change people’s lives.”

Members from the The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) were invited to the wedding as well as celebrities including Demi Moore, Liv Tyler, Stephen Fry, Robbie Williams, Naomi Campbell, Ellie Goulding, and Jack Whitehall. 

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