- Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank while wearing a wedding dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
- The full-pleated gown featured a low back, which showed the scar Princess Eugenie received from a scoliosis correctional surgery.
- The princess told ITV’s “This Morning” that she intentionally chose a dress with a low back to “change the way beauty is” and “honor the people” who cared for her after her surgery.
- A number of Twitter users thanked the princess for showing her scar.
Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank would not have been complete without her head-turning wedding dress, designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
You may not have noticed that the gown revealed a post-surgery scar that Princess Eugenie received when she was a child.
In 2002, Princess Eugenie was treated for scoliosis, a condition that causes curvature of the spine
The princess first spoke about her back surgery in June with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.
After being diagnosed with the condition at age 12, Eugenie said, she underwent an eight-hour surgery during which “surgeons inserted 8-inch titanium rods” into each side of her spine and “one-and-a-half-inch screws” at the top of her neck.
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Today is International Scoliosis Awareness Day and I’m very proud to share my X Rays for the very first time. I also want to honour the incredible staff at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital who work tirelessly to save lives and make people better. They made me better and I am delighted to be their patron of the Redevelopment Appeal. To hear more of my story visit http://www.rnohcharity.org/the-appeal/princess-eugenie-s-story @the.rnoh.charity #TheRNOHCharity #RedevelopmentAppeal #RNOH #NHS
The princess said she intentionally chose a low-back wedding dress to honor her surgery and challenge conventional beauty standards
While speaking to ITV’s “This Morning” before her big day, the princess hinted at her plan to honor both her surgery and the doctors who looked after her.
“I had an operation when I was 12 on my back, and you’ll see on Friday, but 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,” Eugenie told ITV’s morning show host Eamonn Holmes.
By showing her scar during her wedding, the princess also hoped to challenge conventional beauty standards.
“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,” she said.
People on Twitter said they loved Princess Eugenie’s choice to show off her scar
While some Twitter users said that they loved Princess Eugenie’s “body confidence,” others said that the princess’ choice to show her scar helped them find beauty in their own.
#PrincessEugenie She showed her body confidence. Tossed the vicks by having the dress she wanted, showed her scar and said 'This is me'. Hope young girls, boys, women and men go out there and be just as body confident too. Beautiful as you.
— Milena ZP♿???????????????????????????????????????????? (@ZMilenaP) October 12, 2018
— Emily DeArdo (@emdeardo) October 12, 2018
Whatever you may think of the Royals and royal weddings, it takes guts to wear a dress that shows your scar – and I think that was a beautiful and positive thing that Princess Eugenie did. She said she thought it was an important thing… https://t.co/EN8FGFo8Ey
— Maggy Whitehouse (@MaggyWhitehouse) October 12, 2018
I have the same scar, good for Princess Eugenie for showing it off. https://t.co/PEsRyx7xQ9
— Caroline Riggs (@SciRiggsy) October 12, 2018
Thank you #PrincessEugenie for sharing your #scoliosis journey with us and revealing your scar today. Proof that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I'm keeping firmly fixed on that light right now.
— Holly Kemsley (@HollyKemsley) October 12, 2018
I didn’t realise I had anything in common with princess #Eugenie , but this is wonderful. I exposed my #scoliosis scar in my wedding dress, but never thought it beautiful – until now. It’s part of me & I’m lucky to be able to tell the tale! Thank you #NHS https://t.co/jYzK4wMkLj
— Emma (@EmmaL_D) October 12, 2018
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