Princess Eugenie wedding dress shows scoliosis scars: 'It's a way of standing up for young people who go through this'

The young royal is marrying Jack Brooksbank in a ceremony at Windsor Castle today

Olivia Petter
Friday 12 October 2018 11:20
Princess Eugenie opens up about royal wedding ahead of ceremony

Princess Eugenie's wedding dress is showing the scars on her back that she acquired after undergoing an operation for scoliosis at the age of 12.

The 28-year-old royal is tying the knot with Jack Brooksbank today in a ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Ahead of the big day, she opened up about her childhood condition in an interview on ITV’s This Morning, which will broadcast the ceremony, telling co-host Eamonn Holmes that she is a passionate supporter of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where she was treated.

“I’m patron of their [redevelopment] appeal and I had an operation when I was 12 on my back,” she said. “You’ll see on Friday,” she added, implying that the design of her wedding dress would reveal her scars.

“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,” Eugenie 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.”

It was revealed that Princess Eugenie is wearing a dress designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos with a low-back design.

Eugenie did reveal to British Vogue in a recent interview that she had chosen a British-based brand to design her gown, whittling it down to a handful of names such as Erdem, Burberry and Emilia Wickstead.

A number of representatives from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust are attending the wedding, alongside members from other charities supported by the couple, including the European School of Osteopathy.

Scoliosis is a condition that affects the spine, causing it to twist and curve to the side.

According to the NHS, it can affect people of any age but is most common in children aged 10 to 15.

Treatment varies depending on age and the severity of the curvature, but a small number of sufferers, such as Eugenie, require surgery.

Some older children with scoliosis may also be required to wear a back brace to prevent the spine from curving further until they stop growing.

However, most people with scoliosis don’t need treatment and are able to live relatively normal lives as the condition doesn’t usually cause significant pain.

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