Princess Eugenie Requested Open-Back Wedding Dress to Show Surgery Scar
The bride had her scoliosis corrected when she was 12 years old.
As another royal wedding took place at Windsor Castle Friday, all eyes were on the bride, who took the opportunity to show the beauty of the surgery scar on her back.
As she wed Jack Brooksbank, Princess Eugenie of York had her dress specifically designed to display the mark, which she got 16 years ago following surgery to correct a case of scoliosis.
Eugenie, 28, the cousin of Princes William and Harry, was just 12 years old when she underwent the procedure to repair her curved spine, which left the long scar down her back.
It was her wish to have it visible for the big day.
"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,” the princess said in a recent interview with Britain’s "This Morning."
Made by British designers Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, the stunning gown incorporated long sleeves with folded shoulders, and symbols like a rose, a shamrock, a thistle, and ivy were woven into the fabric. The dress also included a lavish train.
Each symbol represented meaningful aspects to the bride, according to the BBC. The rose represents the family name of York, the shamrock for Ireland, the thistle for Scotland, and the ivy for the newlyweds’ home.
Instead of a veil, the bride complimented her unique dress with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara borrowed from her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, which is comprised of diamonds and emeralds.
Princess Eugenie is an advocate for scoliosis and has long supported the cause.
"I had an operation when I was 12 on my back ... it’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this,” she told "This Morning."
Members of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, where the Queen’s granddaughter was treated for her scoliosis, attended the wedding, as well as associates from scoliosis charities.
The queen was also present, along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex.
Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice, was the maid of honor for the ceremony and Princess Charlotte and Prince George were among the bridesmaids and page boys.
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