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Princess Eugenie's wedding dress deliberately shows scars from scoliosis surgery

Mirror logo Mirror 12/10/2018 Elaine McCahill

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Princess Eugenie's wedding gown featured a v-shaped back which showed the scars from the life-changing spinal surgery she underwent as a child.

The Queen's granddaughter wore a custom made gown by Peter Pilotto and she specifically requested a low back to show the scar.

Her gown features a neckline that folds around the shoulders to a low back that drapes into a flowing full length train, Buckingham Palace said.

Eugenie has previously spoken of the importance of showing "people your scars" as she paid tribute to the hospital which performed surgery on her back as a child.

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Eugenie was diagnosed with scoliosis, a condition in which a person's spine is curved, when she was just 12 years old.

She underwent surgery at the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital (RNOH) in 2002, and had two 12 inch titanium rods placed in her back.

The procedure took eight hours, and Eugenie was in intensive care for three days afterwards. She then spent a further week in the hospital before being discharged.

Watch: Princess Eugenie opens up about her scoliosis in first instagram post [Mirror]


She made a full recovery, and is not expected to need any more surgery for the condition.

Eugenie's mother Sarah Ferguson revealed doctor Jan Lehovsky, who performed the surgery, will attend the royal wedding along with other NHS staff. 

Eugenie's dress also includes a number of symbols that are meaningful to Princess Eugenie as motifs, including a thistle for Scotland acknowledging the couple's fondness for Balmoral, a Shamrock for Ireland as a nod to the bride's Ferguson family, and the York Rose and ivy representing the couple's home.

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Eugenie also wore the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, made in 1919 in the fashionable "kokoshnik" style popularised in the Russian Imperial Court, which has been lent to her by the Queen.

Princess Eugenie also wore diamond and emerald drop ear-rings, a wedding gift from the groom, and satin peep-toe heels by Charlotte Olympia.

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The tiara is made of brilliant and rose cut diamonds pavé set in platinum, with six emeralds on either side. The tiara was bequeathed by Mrs Greville to the Queen in 1942.

Princess Eugenie’s wedding bouquet is made up of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy.

Approximately 800 guests packed into St George's chapel for the second royal wedding of the year.

Watch: Teenager Erin Morgan after scoliosis surgery in Germany [Wales Online]


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